That is the question we’ve been predominately asked upon announcing our plans to thru-hike the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail. I suppose once you hit your late twenties, that means it’s time to finally settle down. Well too bad, we’re stubborn.
After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2012, we were bitten with a bug. I’m not talking about the ticks that seemed to love Rob on our last trip but a pesky, annoying bug that we just cannot shake. Long distance backpacking is our vice.
By the end of the month, we will be embarking on our second long-distance thru-hike. Stretching from the California/Mexico border to the Washington/Canada border, we will traverse a variety of landscapes. From desert to high mountain, the PCT is argued to be the most beautiful of long-distance hiking paths in the country. I guess we’ll have to find out for ourselves.
In true Rob and Candice fashion, we hustled last minute to get everything packed and ready to go. We packed our gear and finished our maildrops hours before our flight out. We pulled an all-nighter prior to leaving for the Appalachian Trail. This time, we got five hours of sleep. I’ll call that an improvement!
Over the past week, we stopped in Boulder, Colorado for a few days to visit Fluttering Whisper Dick, a trail friend from the A.T. We loved it! It certainly lives up to its reputation of some of the happiest and most in shape people in the country. FWD scored us a private brewery tour with an A.T. alum at Boulder Beer, Colorado’s first microbrewery. We checked out the whole brewing process and hand-dipped some of their anniversary Black I.P.A. in wax. We also toured Twisted Pine Brewery, checked out Pearl Street and hiked to the top of the Flat Irons. Thank you FWD for an awesome time!
On Saturday, we left Boulder and flew to Los Angeles to vacation with family. We’ve traveled the coast of SoCal and are now embarking on a cruise to get some last minute luxury in before the hike. More info on the PCT to come.
Peace and love.