Tag: travel

Done with the Desert

After traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles via plane, Los Angeles to Bakersfield via rental car, and, finally, Bakersfield to Tehachapi via bus, the last leg of the trip brought us from Tehachapi to the PCT trail crossing at Highway 58  with a lift…

Striding from Sisters to Snoqualmie

It was late morning when we returned to the trail in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. The excitement of completing half of the Pacific Crest Trail had worn off and the uncertainty of the second half weighed on me. Were Sean’s shin splints…

“How Is It Out There?” – The Emotional Roller Coaster of the PCT

Here’s our story from over 200 miles of Southern to Central Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. We’ve noticed recently that people keep asking us “How is it out there?” How is it out there? Chuckle. Read on… It was the 4th of July…

Northern California on the Pacific Crest Trail

We left Chester, CA after our unexpected double zero at an amazing trail angel’s house (thanks again and again Sean and Kari!!) and headed towards Lassen Volcanic National Park. We took the short side trail to Terminal Geyser once inside the park and saw…

From Sand to Snow – Doing the Sierra Shuffle on the PCT

Our decision was becoming apparent – we wanted out of the bubble and we didn’t want to pass through the Sierra covered in snow. Skipping the Sierra now would give us solitude on the trail, better weather in Washington, and considerably less sketchy high passes and water crossings in the Sierra…

I Should’ve Written a Blog Today

I should’ve written a blog today as I typically do on my days off from hiking, but words seemed to have (mostly) escaped me. I should’ve written a blog today, but there was no drama or injury, no internal struggles, setbacks, or “exciting news”…

Life on the PCT: Cowboy Camping, Dealing with Fire Closures, and Our First Zero Day

Hello from Big Bear, CA on my first “zero” day since we started the trail May 6. In just 12 days, we have traveled 250 trail miles and have fallen totally and completely in love with the Pacific Crest Trail. As if the first…

The First 100 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now… The pack weight, the soreness, the “hiker hobble,” the hunger, the smell, the complete exhaustion, the spam wraps and tuna tacos (topped with CheezIts, of course) and the complete and total joy of…

Food Resupply Strategy for Our PCT Thru-Hike

Of top interest to hikers (and those living vicariously through us) is how in the world we keep ourselves fed throughout the 2660 mile Pacific Crest Trail. There are many, many ways to create a solid resupply strategy, but Sean and I have decided…

Why I’m Thru-Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

Just over a year ago, I sat down with all of my nerves, anxiety, and excitement and scribbled out my reasons for setting out on my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. (You can check out that post here on Appalachian Trials if you’d like)….

Our Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 2015 Gear List

This is the final list, weight, and cost of all the things we started with on our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Although we are typically super budget conscious, we realized the importance of investing in our gear. Let’s be honest. Sean is the gear guru. Watching…

What You Actually Need for a Thru-Hike

When it comes to gear, I must admit that I get very overwhelmed very easily. I wanted to make a short and concise list of what the heck you actually need in your pack. If it’s not on this list, you probably don’t need…

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