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PCT Day 28... Reunited with Blitz

PCT Day 28... Reunited with Blitz

As I was about to leave, one of the other guys in his group came over and asked if I was interested in a solar umbrella. I said no thanks, I already had one. As I looked up, I recognized the guy and I asked if he had hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017.  He said yes and then he said Matthew! and I said Blitz! We embraced. I first met Blitz the day he got his trail name on the second day of my AT expedition…

PCT Day 27... The Forbidden Words

PCT Day 27... The Forbidden Words

While each day offers new experiences, some things are beginning to feel routine. Today began like so many other days, the rhythm of getting up, packing gear, and hiking out. It was an extremely pretty morning with the sun coming out over the mountains…

PCT Day 25... "Danger" High Voltage

PCT Day 25... "Danger" High Voltage

Soon after I went to bed, the wind picked up and started to blow sand around. At midnight, I set up my rainfly to help keep the wind and sand out and also to block some of the bright moonlight. I did not sleep all that well, and at 4:30 decided instead of trying to sleep, I would pack up and start hiking. As was leaving, I saw a bunch of tents of those who had hiked in late that night…

PCT Day 21... Hiker Heaven

PCT Day 21... Hiker Heaven

Today turned out to be the hottest day so far, with temperatures reaching 103 degrees. Normally, if I start hiking at 6 am, it is early enough to get some miles in before sweating hard, but today I began sweating almost at once.

From camp, I hiked about 8 miles down to where the trail intersected a highway. There I ran into Princess Cowboy, Butter Cup, and Captain Jack. I had camped with them after resupplying in Big Bear. I met a Trail Angel named Sunny at parking lot near the road and took a break...

PCT Day 20... Not a Cloud in the Sky

PCT Day 20... Not a Cloud in the Sky

I was the first to hike out camp this morning around 6:15.  There was only one other person moving about as I left.

Today was one of those days full of steep uphill and then steep downhill sections. There was not a cloud in the sky all day long. I hiked for about 8 miles and planned on filling up my water in a spring that was marked on the map. However, I ended up walking right past it without noticing. 

PCT Day 19... The Perfect Send-Off

PCT Day 19... The Perfect Send-Off

The last two days have been a blur. After two full days of college orientation, I traveled back to Austin, bought food for the next 4 days, shared one last dinner with family, said goodbyes to everyone, and traveled to the airport where I boarded a flight back to Los Angeles. We landed at 9:15 p.m local time. Jeff was waiting to pick me up, we drove to his house, and I flopped into bed at 11 p.m.

PCT Day 17... Second Wind

PCT Day 17... Second Wind

Today I took it slow.  I was not in much of a hurry since I only planned to hike 14 miles. I have to take a short three day break from the trail to attend new student conference at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.  I tried to see if there was a way to get everything done while on the trail, but the only way to attend classes in the fall is to show up to the orientation in person.

PCT Day 14... The Lost Blog

PCT Day 14... The Lost Blog

If you’ve been following my blog, you might be wondering how we have another “day 14”. As I’m posting from the trail sometime service can be spotty, and it’s easy to mix up the days and photos. You might recognize the pictures, but here’s a new story for you to enjoy!