Hello! Happy Monday!
Did you enjoy your 5th LAST weekend of Summer?
I’m already in Fall mode because it’s Fall. I don’t care what the calendar says. I think I’m going to start decorating for Halloween soon!
I hiked 10 km yesterday and on Saturday the Hubs and I celebrated our 25th wedded year with dinner out at Pampa. A Brazilian steak house. The food was good but my guts are STILL dealing with the consequences of my gluttony, ha ha!
I think I’ll eat like a vegan this week.
Lately I’ve become obsessed with the PCT- Pacific Crest Trail.
The PCT is a route from the Mexican border, through California, Oregon and Washington , all the way to the Canadian border, in Manning Park, BC.
It’s a trail that takes months to complete if a person wanted to hike it all at once.
I am one of these people! Crazy. I know.
It’s been calling to me. Every once in a while I go through these phases and then ultimately I decide – nah, that’s not for me. It’s too dangerous. Too long. I’m not skilled enough. I don’t have the guts. How am I going to sleep outside by myself? What about those passes?
And so on and so on!
But the damn thing keeps coming back! This time in the form of one lovely human – Mary Mansfield. She’s through hiking RIGHT NOW and documenting the whole thing on her YOUTUBE channel. You can find her HERE. She’s the perfect person to re introduce me to the trail because she’s cheery and positive like I can be (mostly!) , and she’s a bad ass in a quiet way that I respect and admire. It’s like through her, I can see myself there.
So…I’m thinking, instead of going to Europe for my 50th birthday: maybe I’ll hike the PCT.
I do have inflammatory arthritis so it all depends on what the bod decides. BUT I’ve started doing training walks to see how it reacts to constant miles. I’m on week two of 5 miles, 3 times a week and it’s going well! My aim is to get to 20 miles, 5 days a week comfortably in all conditions and then we’ll decide from there.
I’m excited! It’s super fun to have a goal in mind, with a laundry list of things to learn and achieve. I think it’s just the thing to get me through the Fall and Winter too. I might even appreciate the brutal Edmonton Winters because they are just the thing to use as a training tool for the High Sierras!
It’s a beautiful sunny day here and I’m so grateful to have it before me.
Have you ever hiked a great distance? Do you have any training advice for a newbie?
Love and squishy hugs on this glorious Monday! ❤