This is my first attempt at blogging from the trail.
Actually, I’m more sort of near the trail, at the Lake Morena campground for the aforementioned ADZPCTKO gathering.
So far, it’s been a little strange. I arrived late, so nearly everyone who is here for the start was already settled in, and in the darkness it’s difficult to greet fellow hikers. I’m in a campsite with half a dozen other folks–mostly young men if a cooler vintage than I. I am ensconced in my wee tent, listening to shifting and shuffling all around. I have interacted with few people, and of course, from outside, everyone seems more experienced and confident than I feel.
I fully expect tomorrow to be more convivial, though, and it’s been nice to see that there’s a wide range of ages represented, so I don’t feel like the only non-college-age fellow here.
The weather is great, clear and pleasant, so I was surprised to see almost everyone else wearing jackets and knit caps. Maybe it’s a hiker fashion statement; maybe after some time on the trail, it just becomes your go-to evening wear. I’ll have to ask tomorrow.
Since I have no cell reception here, we’ll see if this posts when I’m in technological range. Wish me luck.