Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
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–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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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