Pacific Crest Trail (2019): Introduction

Friday, March 01, 2019

In two weeks, I’ll be starting a second PCT LASH, this one consisting of the first 1130 km/702 miles (also known as the ‘desert section’). In 2018, I spent four months hiking the second half-or-so of the PCT from Burney to Canada. The moon moves slowly, but it gets across the town, okay?

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Following that hike, I had a conversation with a dental hygienist that went like this:

Dental hygienist: How are you today?

Me: I AM EXTREMELY NERVOUS.

Dental hygienist: Oh, does something hurt?

Me: I ate chocolate all day for four months and almost never flossed.

I was expecting that to be a big deal, but she just laughed and asked the equivalent of whether I was back on the wagon. Maybe I needed to elaborate on ‘ate chocolate all day’, add a ‘literally’ in there, but amazingly I had no cavities. Fluoride is a powerful substance.

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Regarding chocolate, my long hikes have gradually been ruining me for all trail food and I still can’t look at chocolate bars or chips the same way as before PCT 2018. And granola, HA! I have a baggie of granola left over because of the spork mishap, and I’m going to eat it this year! Old, stale granola will be no more disgusting than new granola!

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Other than the food situation, I’m excited to get on the trail and see the beautiful SoCal desert. This week I purchased more tent stakes for that beautiful hard SoCal desert ground. I also want to learn how to insert earplugs so I can actually sleep in my Altaplex in strong winds, but I don’t know if I have enough courage.

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