The big hike
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Hi Sparkfriends! I'm back to civilization now. It's a big adjustment after 8 days in the woods mostly on my own.
My trip was fantastic. I hiked 70 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I carried a 30-lb backpack with all my gear and food, and climbed four major passes, two of which were still covered with snow.
Highlights of the trip:
1. The first night on my own: I navigated to the right place, set up my tent, cooked a hot meal, and lit a fire. I've never done a solo backpacking trip before, so this was a big deal.
2. Navigating over my first snow-covered pass. It's easy to hike when you can see the trail. Harder when you have to use map/compass/GPS to figure out where you're supposed to go. I took a few wrong turns but made it over the pass eventually. (I'm sure this is some sort of metaphor for lifestyle change success)
3. Doing my first 11-mile day -- I had planned shorter days, but I was so fit and feeling so good that I kept arriving at my destination too soon and sitting around bored all afternoon. So I stretched a couple of days for more miles and finished the route a day early.
4. Meeting a friendly bear. It was a juvenile black bear, and probably not any danger to me, but I took my photos and kept my distance.
5. Spectacular views. I'll get my photos posted soon.
6. Seeing my husband after 8 nights away.
7. Seeing the numbers on the scale when I got back. I think I probably dipped into one-derland at the end of the trip, but then I had a few days of unhealthy eating with DH and weighed in at 201 when I got back home.