Matt and I spent a few days in Death Valley recently and had a fun adventure filled with dust storms, sand dunes and a little canyoneering. We lucked out and visited during the spring time when it wasn’t scorching hot everyday. Don’t get me wrong it was still hotter than hell but in the mid 90s instead of over 100. We camped at Furnace Creek which was perfect for its central location in the park.
I have always been a hiker. When I was young my mom used to take us to New Hampshire for scenic drives and we would get out and hike all the popular tourist spots. When we went up to our family camp in the middle of nowhere Maine we would hike the 4×4 roads as a family. I’m not sure I realized how much I loved these adventures until I got older and spent less time with my family.
What do you do when you only have one day in a large national park? Last summer Matt and I went back to Maine for my cousin’s wedding. Matt had been bugging me for months about going to Acadia National Park. With our super busy wedding filled week (I was the MOH) I wasn’t sure how to squeeze it in. Especially because we were also on a very tight budget.
Acadia National Park is about 3 hours from my mom’s house in Maine. Not exactly an easy day trip with 6 hours of driving but we didn’t really have time for an overnight trip. I asked my mom if we could borrow her car for the day and she could work from home and she agreed.
This. This is my inspiration. These stories. I long for the adventure, the camaraderie, the dependence on only yourself and your friends. I want to get away from civilization, learn to live with the land. Have one simple task to do every day, walk.
This past summer my best hiking buddy asked me if I wanted to hike the PCT with her and a friend. At the time I thought there is no way that I can do that with all of my debt and how would I pay rent, who would watch the dog, etc?
Fast forward to this week. I’ve been working my butt off, just paid off one of credit cards and am beyond over working a desk job too many hours per week. (Yes I know I just wrote a post about working hard and playing harder). Lately I have been thinking about how I moved to Colorado to find an environmental job, somewhere I could work outside and enjoy the sunshine.
I realized that my best hiking buddy is hiking the PCT in 2019, Matt is not interested in a long distance hike and there really is no “perfect time” to go on a 2600 mile hike. So I texted her a few nights ago and said “I’m in!”.