Good afternoon! We had an early release at school today so I got to come home at 1. My original plan was to put my extra time to good use and take the bike out for a spin. But since the heat and humidity is still a little out of control for my tastes, I guess I’ll stick with the treadmill!
One of the things I wanted to do when I started this blog was draw more attention to one of my favorite activities-hiking! Backpacking, especially, doesn’t seem to be something that a lot of people do. I get comments like this all the time, “Why would you want to strap a 30lb. pack to your back and walk?” So my public service is to show you into just how wonderful it can be!
I’ve put together a list (a bucket list, if you will ) of some of the trails in North America that I would most like to do. Some of them I’ve been thinking about for a long time, while others are pretty new to me. They all have one thing in common-they all get me out into nature for long periods of time! This is going to be a two-part series since I don’t want to get overly wordy on you.
1. Continental Divide Trail
Let’s get the big dreams out of the way first. The Continental Divide Trail is a monster. There’s just nothing else to it. It stretches from the Mexican border in New Mexico all the way to the Canadian border in Montana. It’s about 3,100 miles, and is one of the designated National Scenic Trails. It would take about 6 months to complete the whole thing. Only a handful of people attempt it every year, and far fewer actually make it the whole way. This is definitely a dream, but with John and I both having full time jobs, and no foreseeable means of quitting those jobs, it’s just a dream at the moment.
2. Pacific Crest Trail
The PCT is a lot like the Continental Divide in terms of length. It’s 2,650 miles and runs from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border in Washington. This one looks amazing. It’s slightly easier than the CDT just because you have a lot more opportunity for resupply (although anyone who has actually done it would probably object to my use of the term “easy”!). The PCT is also a National Scenic Trail, and passes through so many beautiful places including Yosemite National Park and Crater Lake National Park. If you are at all interested in this trail or would just like a good read, I highly recommend reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed or A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard. Both of them were so good!
3. John Muir Trail
The John Muir Trail is in California. It’s a 210 mile trail that stretches from Yosemite National Park down to Mt. Whitney. I’ve read various articles that’s called it the most beautiful trail in the country. John and I have been talking about doing this one for awhile. It’s a possible trip for the summer of 2014, but even if we don’t do it that summer, I really want to eventually!
I’ll leave you guys there for now. You can see that my desire to hike is intense. I hope the overview of some of these trails inspires the same thing in all of you!
What are some of the trails you’d love to do? Anyone interested in giving backpacking a try?