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In April of 2019, I set out from the United States/Mexico border to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north through California, Oregon and Washington.  My goal was to walk the roughly 2,600 miles and reach Canada. Along the way, I created a 2019 PCT blog documenting my daily experiences hoping to allow my friends and family back home to be a part of the experience. 

Rae Lakes PCT October 2019

Hiking the PCT, or any long distance trail, is something I never thought I would do.  It was unexpected (hence my blog title).  I’ve always loved hiking, backpacking, and generally just being in the natural world, but a desire/need to take on something like this, that takes up so much time and commitment, really never developed until a few months before setting out.

PCT 2019 sunset with tent and Mount Shasta

The truth is I had no idea all the ins and outs of how my journey would unfold, nor do any who take on such adventures.  I think the “not knowing” is part of what makes a thru-hike so great and which has motivated me to make this blog into something more.

Trail life captivated me and I was left feeling inspired to go out and explore new places and different wilderness areas.  This website has been a way for me to write about my experiences, the amazing places I’ve gotten to witness, and the wonderful people I met throughout my travels.  For now, I just have the daily trail journals of my original 2019 PCT blog, but my hope is that this is just the beginning and I’ll keep adding to it!