To bring you up to speed, we have been traveling and living the full-time RV lifestyle for the last two and a half years. I have been working various assignments around the country as a travel physical therapist. And my hubs has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad, head chef, dish-washer, laundry-doer, dog-walker-feeder-caretaker, potty-trainer, swim instructor, and teacher of all things; to name a few. Without either of us, this journey would not be possible; and certainly, a lot less entertaining.
So when your husband, who has played an integral role in the last two and a half years, mentions (on more than one occasion) he would like to attempt a long distance hike; you jump on board and support the h@&$ out of that goal. Because, obviously I’ve had the easier job over the past couple years, since I get to leave our “tiny home on wheels” everyday and go to work.
THE GOAL: Attempt a 1,500 mile section-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in ~100 days
Our current transient lifestyle makes it easier to bring these “crazy” ideas to fruition. Which also leads to greater flexibility when planning such a monumental feat. Although preparation is a critical part of this goal, figuring out logistics and making concrete plans has been difficult, because…Mother Nature…she has been here long before us and will be here long after us. Most of these uncertainties are due to the weather, snow pack, snow melt, miles walked per day, caloric intake/expenditure, unforeseen challenges, etc.
I thought I would take a moment to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions and voiced concerns we get from various people we’ve told…
Is Tim going by himself?
Yes, his plan is to hike alone! He is not afraid of the dark, creepy crawly things, or sleeping outside. He has been preparing for this adventure for the last year and is looking forward to what the trail has in store for him…physically, mentally, and emotionally.
What will myself and the kids do without Tim?
Our main purpose will be keeping Tim alive by supplying him with food. We will be meeting up with him at various trail crossings every five days or so to make sure he has enough calories to make it to the next meet-up. It should be a pretty adventurous summer and fall, for all of us!
How will Tim protect himself?
Having respect for the wilderness and being aware of his surroundings will certainly come in handy. That and we’re pretty sure his smell after a few days will deter any predators from wanting him for lunch. Various other backpacking tips of not cuddling your food at night or sleeping where you eat are also known ways to prevent creatures from visiting. Oh, AND he will have a Delorme In-reach that can ping his location, provide him with gps maps, text his wife, and send an SOS…so no worries!
Many people, including us, enjoy life indoors with climate controlled environments and food easily attained from the local grocery store. However, people have lived in and explored the wilderness for centuries. And they definitely did not have any of our modern day conveniences to make their trek safer.
While some people may think we’re crazy (which we may be), many have found our plans to be exciting. And hopefully this journey will inspire just a few to occasionally live outside their comfort zones.