Before It Began

Well, 2015 is a bust – at least for the PCT.

I started this site thinking I would be hiking the PCT in a scant few months. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on, looking at maps, breaking out the food dehydrator to try out recipes, and feel that, despite a lot of moments of self-doubt and not a few invigorating butterflies, I could be ready to hike. But between fiscal responsibilities and generally wanting to have a life to come back to – given that transitioning back to “normal” is hard enough when you’re coming back to something – I’ve decided to let it go for this year.

To say coming to terms with my ostensibly “adult” decision has been difficult would be an understatement. I’m more irritable these days, more gloomy, more pessimistic than I’d like to be. I’m a mover and a shaker, and when I’m not moving and shaking, I feel defeated. Stuck. Even with a second job incoming and a third, full-time job to get me through the summer, I’m experiencing a bit of cabin fever.

On the upside, the loot from said secondary and tertiary employment is primarily going towards the “Get AmJam off a’Backpacking” fund, and since 9 months is too long long enough to stay in one place for my liking, I’m sating my wanderlust by hitting the Colorado Trail this summer. It’ll be a nice warmup for the longer trek next year, and I’ll still be able to update with fun hiking-related things.

I’m excited to see what the future holds.

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