April 10, 2019
Started at the Southern Terminus in Campo, California
Today ~ 12.4 Kilometres
Cumulative ~ 12.4 Kilometres
Weather ~ Sunny 19ºC
Standing at the Southern Terminus and looking ahead.
Sweet Baby Jesus, I’m on my way 💕. Today I’ve embarked on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I’m going northbound (NOBO) from Campo, California by the Mexican border to Monument 78 on the Canadian border hiking through California, Oregon and Washington states. The trail is 4,265 kilometres long and should take me 5 1/2 to 6 months to complete.
Will I finish? That is not my goal, although it will be fabulous to hike the entire trail. Statistically, more people have summitted Mount Everest than have hiked the entire PCT. I will consider it a huge accomplishment to sleep all by myself in my tent tonight because … well I’m afraid of the dark.
I took an Uber this morning from the hotel in San Diego. He was happy to have a longer drive.
Up until I put the water in my pack, I could manage it okay. When the Uber dropped me off I put my pack on and bent down to pick up my poles. I fell over. Just like a turtle stuck on its back flailing about. I was mortified because I was right by the border and you know I’m on camera somewhere and border patrol had a good laugh.
Here’s a picture of the border fence. You can see the Southern Terminus in the middle by the van.
I can’t wait to get rid of some of the stuff in a hiker box and the first post office I see there is another package going home to Bryan. I can’t believe I brought too much, it all seems important …. but it’s not all a necessity. My hips and shoulders hurt. Pretty sure I’ll have bruises in the morning.
It’s 6 pm here and I’m already in my tent. I only hiked 12.4 km and I found a little spot by the trail and here I am! I hear people walking by me lol.
The trail is beautiful! It’s easy to follow so far and there are a lot of signs. I did NOT see a rattlesnake today, but I was looking carefully. I saw rabbits, squirrels, beetles, birds and a lot of geckos.
I took some pictures with my iPhone and a lot with my camera. The camera pictures won’t transfer and I’m thinking that will be sent home! So I only have a few pictures that are on my phone.
I met a young man from California. He has just come home from Edmonton because he did his PhD at the U of A. So cool.
Jackie is “Mom” to one amazing son, an IT professional and an obsessed traveller. She spends her time reading, golfing at Ladies League and implementing software projects. Jackie has travelled to all 7 continents and 90 countries and is always planning the next destination and adventure!