300 miles

I wrote this at the 303 mile mark, over 100 miles longer than my previous long distance hike.

In 300 miles, I’ve experienced +45 Celsius and snow storms; I’ve been through harsh, exposed desert terrain and pine forests; I’ve had physically, mentally, and emotionally exhilarating days and exhausting days; I’ve helped a collapsed hiker; I’ve seen new-to-me animals such as birds, snakes, lizards (and don’t forget the scorpion!); I’ve had the privelege of seeing the best in people through rides, drinks, and food.

Oh, PCT!  What do you have for me over the next 2300 miles?

I’m feeling great all around: physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I’ve identified my bigget weakness and the most likely reason I would quit as being in town.  Knowing this, I can prepare myself for the emotional roller coaster I experience while at a restaurant thinking of friends or, as happened recently, the unexpected desire to bawl during Mad Max as I can think only of Adam and that we should be seeing this together.  For most, towns are a great reprieve from the trail and a chance to recharge.  For me, it reminds me of life outside of the PCT and how much I miss you, friends.  

Mostly, I feel gratitude for the support I’ve received from you, my health, and life in general for being able to have this adventure.  As when we cycled Canada, the trail simplifies life and makes you aware of what is important (water!).  Try not to forget what truly matters to you.

There are 4 comments

  1. Pat

    Tara, I know you will come home a different person than when you left. You will come home more confident, more aware, and more alive. You will have achieve, however far you go. You have already achieved more than so many others. You are living life to the fullest and I’m so proud to know you. So many people settle for an existence in life when there is so much more to achieve and conquer. You have been blessed to have been given this opportunity to live in the moment each and every day. Thank you for sharing your experience. Thinking of you.


    1. tarahowse

      As when we cycled Canada, this type of trip just shows you and reminds you what’s important. Cars, houses, corporate ladder climbing…they mean nothing if you don’t nurture what really matters. This has been fundamentally more difficult without Adam and not having him here is hard…but it’s also the first true thing I’ve done on my own and I’m loving it!!


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