After much deliberation we took our chances and started the PCT on 4/6/2020 despite the confusion on what may or may not be open. Our plan was to skip as many towns as possible in the beginning and reevaluate as needed. So far we have no regrets and I am currently perched just before 120 miles with a to die for view from my tent reflecting on the last two weeks…
SoCal is all up hill and I’m am incredibly slow on the uphills.
In all honesty even the hardest uphill days, where I begin to doubt myself, are rewarded with amazing views and I still make it to camp to enjoy the company of the group. The trail has been amazingly beautiful, full of laughter, and mini accomplishments of looking back and seeing how far we have come.
We started the trail as the three of us and met very few people the first few days. None of the people we did meet seemed to be very inclined to hang out and we came to terms of being pretty isolated on the trail.
We took two 0’s In the first week to avoid hiking in the storms which we later found out was the right choice, after a lot of second guessing our decision. There are very few decisions that have to be made out here, but the ones that do happen become very important.
We sloshed our way up to Mt. Laguna and spent a much needed warm night in the “cabins” at the “lodge.” It was here that we began to run into other hikers that we began to click with.
We now have a trail family of around 7 people and an adorable German Shepard/Border Collie. We all bring different skill sets, knowledge bases, and tools to the group and our family has welcomed the added energy.
Maddie was given the trail name “Cricket” and Greg and I have been named “Gnome” and “Turtle.”
Out here the isolation from the rest of the world leads to a loss in time, complete oblivion to what day or date it is, and a needed reprieve from news and social media. It is only when we get close to a town once a week that we begin to see other people, have service to hear what has been happening, and remember to raise our face masks.
So far we have made it 120 miles and despite the challenging climbs, blisters after a 17 mile day, and some mishaps with the tent on a windy night, none of us are close to quitting.