Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Forester Pass in the California Sierra is the highest point on the PCT.

I leave Saturday to begin walking the Pacific Crest Trail or PCT in Hart’s Pass, Washington. It’s a one-way ticket-to-ride to Seattle, then bus to Bellingham where I’ll meet twenty strangers who will hopefully become friends as we bump our way up rutted dirt roads heading east towards Hart’s Pass in the Cascades.

Since border patrol does not allow entry into the US from Canada via the trail, all SOBO’s – or southbounders – have to walk north first to touch the border and then head south towards Mexico.

I do not know how far I’ll go or how long I’ll walk – I guess until I feel grounded enough to return and face my future. That unknowing piece is an adventure in itself!

You can take a copy of my gear list with you.

PCT Day 1, Harts Pass to Holman Creek Trail Junction, 13 miles
The beginning is always today. —Mary Shelley Day 1, Harts Pass to Holman Creek Trail Junction, 13 miles And so…Read
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PCT Day 2, Holman Creek Trail Junction to Hopkins Lake (via Canadian border) 23 miles
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Sally Berger I sleep fitfully, my hips complaining. Every time I…Read
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PCT Day 3, Hopkins Lake to Hart’s Pass, 25 miles
It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot Who am I now? Not…Read
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PCT Day 4, Hart’s Pass to Methow River, 16 miles
Be yourself. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. —Joan Jett I wake up late, at least for me, at…Read
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PCT Day 5, Methow River to Hideaway Camp, 21 miles
Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou  Nights aren’t easy. I wasn’t invaded…Read
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PCT Day 6, Hideaway Camp to High Bridge, (Stehekin) 13 miles
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills I wake up late after taking pain reliever,…Read
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PCT Day 7, Steheken to random beautiful place ‘four falls,” 15 miles
Stay strong. Make them wonder how you’re still smiling. – Anonymous I sleep reasonably well even if I have to…Read
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PCT Day 8, ‘four falls’ to Vista Creek, 21 miles
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron Sunrise on ‘four falls’ – yes,…Read
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PCT Day 9, Vista Creek to Fire Creek, 18 miles
I believe great people do things before they are ready. – Amy Poehler It feels late getting up at 5:30,…Read
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PCT Day 10, Fire Creek to Junction at Dishpan Gap, 23 miles
What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. – Meryl Streep It was a damp night. I had to…Read
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PCT Day 11, Junction at Dishpan Gap to Lake Janus, 20 miles
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. – Mary Tyler Moore It was a…Read
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PCT Day 12, Lake Janus to Steven’s Pass, 10 miles
Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. – Beyonce I finally had the best night’s sleep yet.…Read
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PCT Day 13, ‘zero’ day, Skykomish
When God is moving you towards a new consciousness, you need to recognize the winds of change at once, move…Read
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PCT Day 14, Stevens Pass to Deception Creek, 21 miles
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my own ship. – Louisa May Alcott What…Read
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PCT Day 15, Deception Creek to past Waptus Burn, 22 miles
The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart It was such…Read
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PCT Day 16, Past Waptus Burn to above Joe Lake, 19 miles
Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out – Katherine Dunham I…Read
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PCT Day 17, above Joe Lake to Snoqualmie, 10 miles
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ – Audrey Hepburn I wake to the full moon just above…Read
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PCT Day 18, Snoqualmie to ‘unused dirt road,’ 23 miles
We are all filled with a longing for the wild. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind…Read
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PCT Day 19, ‘unused dirt road’ to Mike Urich Cabin, 24 miles
I get faster as I get older. —Grandma Gatewood The rain has (thankfully) stopped. I’m packed having coffee, filling my…Read
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PCT Day 20, Mike Urich Camp to Sheep Lake, 22 miles
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. – Simone de Beauvoir It’s crystal clear;…Read
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PCT Day 21, Sheep Lake to Pipe Lake, 24 miles
Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins. – Edith Wharton There is nothing like rising before…Read
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PCT Day 22, Pipe Lake to Clear Fork Junction (via White Pass Kracker Barrel) 20 miles
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. – Dolly Parton The morning is pinky orange…Read
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PCT Day 23, Clear Fork Junction to Walupt Creek, 15 miles
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. – Emily Dickinson I wake up late and…Read
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PCT Day 24, Walupt Creek to Lewis River, 27 miles
A boat is always safe in the harbor, but that’s not what boats were built for. – Katie Couric The…Read
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PCT Day 25, Lewis River to Mosquito Creek, 22 miles (+3)
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, and dignity.…Read
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PCT Day 26, Mosquito Creek to forest near ‘crisp, cool, mystical, scoopable pool of water,’ 27 miles
We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test. —Isabel Allende…Read
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PCT Day 27, ‘pool of water’ to Rock Creek, 27 miles
If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. – Erica Jong My morning begins with Zach stirring, wanting to…Read
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PCT Day 28, Rock Creek to Cascade Locks, 20 miles
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die.  And…Read
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PCT Day 29, ‘zero,’ Stevenson, WA
You always had the power, my dear; you just had to learn it for yourself. – Glinda, the good witch…Read
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PCT Day 30, Cascade Locks to Indian Spring, 20 miles
Instead of looking to the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need…Read
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PCT Day 31, Indian Spring to Lost Creek, 25 miles
It is better to be looked over than overlooked. – Mae West Of course Zach is camping below. I saw him…Read
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PCT Day 32, Lost Creek to wee spring near Forest Road 58, 20 miles
Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes. – Bette Midler I slept poorly,…Read
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PCT Day 33, wee spring to Lemiti Creek, 28 miles
Dying seems less sad than having lived too little. —Gloria Steinem The morning comes before it gets light with my…Read
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PCT Day 34, Lemiti Creek to Bays Lake, 22 miles
The final forming of a person’s character lies in his own hands. – Anne Frank I wake to find no…Read
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PCT Day 35, Bays Lake to Two Sisters Overlook, 27 miles
I don’t believe in luck. It’s persistence, hard work and not forgetting your dream. – Janet Jackson The morning breaks…Read
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PCT Day 36, Two Sisters overlook to below Lava Rocks (via Big Lake Youth Camp) 17 miles
To live will be an awfully big adventure. – Peter Pan A perfect night of stars and a little wind…Read
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PCT Day 37, below Lava Rocks to Reese Lake, 23 miles
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katherine Hepburn The sun was up early, mostly…Read
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PCT Day 38, Reese Lake to magical pond, 28 miles
What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my own thing, – Audrey Hepburn…Read
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PCT Day 39, magical pond to Middle Rosary Lake, 27 miles
Always be a first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland Gretzky wakes…Read
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PCT Day 40, Middle Rosary to Shelter Cove Resort, 5 miles (and then on to Eugene)
I may not be perfect but I’m pretty damn good. —Rebecca Roudman I have one of the best nights of…Read
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