We Begin Walking Tomorrow!!

So we wake up in San Diego. We mosey on to get breakfast through Little Italy. We thought using the trolley to get everywhere was more fitting in our little world of adventure rather than Ubering around. We walk around downtown SD for a while. When we get back to the hotel, we sit down and recheck our packs. Rearranging stuff again and again. Reassuring that we have all that we may need and becoming more familiar with our own packs as well as each other’s just in case of some accident. That evening while eating Italian food at a restaurant only a few blocks away from the hotel, we plan how we would get to Campo, about 50 miles east of San Diego. If we decided to take the trolley and bus, the cheaper option, we would get to Campo around 10 a.m., which is already too hot in the day. If we Uber’d to Campo, we could possibly get there at around 6 a.m. which would be preferable so that we can start walking then.

We chose Ubering because of the heat we would avoid.

I’m excited and nervous right now! I hope I’m able to sleep tonight.

 

Countdown: 1 day

Our Adventure Begins Now

Balt and I arrived at Paso Robles Amtrak station with only our packs and our hiking gear and shoes around 10am. Our bus was scheduled to depart at 10:40am but didn’t arrive until 11:00 which made us a little skeptical while we waited. We were asked where we were headed to or what we were up to several times by other passengers. I’m sure the combination of our tall packs and hiking shoes seemed a little out of the ordinary for them.

The bus arrived, we threw our packs under the bus, and we were off.

Our adventure began.

Despite the bus’s late arrival, we made it to our train right on time. At 2:04 pm. We hadn’t booked a hotel yet, so we found a cheap hotel near Little Italy in San Diego called Harbor Inn.

We reached downtown San Diego at about 7:30 pm and walked to our hotel which wasn’t too far from the train station.

Sorry, I had to snap this. Waiting for our bus in Paso.
Before jumping off the bus and onto our train.
Dana Point. We drove alongside the coast for a while!
Once we we off the train in downtown San Diego.

Countdown: 2 days

Packing Up for the PCT

Last night we spread out all the gear we thought we would need. Balt began packing his Osprey backpack first as I checked off the list we had made together. It was actually a lot of stuff.
Tent. Sleeping bag. Blanket. Sleeping pad. Compression bag for clothes. Camp towel. Two 1-liter Nalgene bottles. Water filteration system (we used the Guardian Purifier). Hand sanitizer. Solar powered charger.  Trekking poles. Bear canister for a week supply of food. Bear bell. Pocket PCT book  and the PCT data book. Nail clipper. A trowel. Wipes. Small stove. Matches. And the list went on… for 60 pounds on his pack and about 35 pounds on mine by the time I finished packing up.

Right now I’m at 113 lbs. So that’s about one fourth to one third of my body weight. Same for him and his pack. We’re nervous about the weight of our packs but we figure if we really don’t need something then we can mail it back once we reach a general delivery place. We’re also excited about getting started though!

Our plan to get to the trailhead northbound is to leave to San Diego tomorrow morning by catching a bus out of Paso Robles and then jumping on a train at Santa Barbara. We plan to stay two nights in San Diego, then get a ride to Campo, the Southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail.

There we will start walking northbound.

Countdown: 3 days

Countdown to Starting the PCT!

Hi!

So I will be hiking the PCT, Pacific Crest Trail, with my fiance this summer. Or should I say in 4 days! The PCT is a 2,660-mile trail extending from the Mexican border to the Canadian border crossing California, Oregon, and Washington. It usually would take a thru hiker about 5 to 6 months to hike the entire trail in one hike (hence the word thru hiker). However we only have about a month and a half to spare. So we will be hiking a section of it. We will begin at the Mexican border and walk north bound. We hope to at least walk 500-700 miles within the time frame of a month and a half. Usually a hiker would start the PCT around March, early spring, in order to avoid the high temperatures in the desert but we really had no other choice since I am a college student.

We have our backpacks set and just need a few other things to buy. We will be sorting through our backpacks, weighing them, and making a list  of what other things we will need tonight.  On Monday, we will catch a train to San Diego. We will stay there for a couple nights. Then on Wednesday early morning we will catch a ride to Campo, a tiny town next to the Mexican border and the beginning of the PCT.

And that is where and when we will start walking.

Countdown: 4 days until we begin.