Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23rd Almost time!

It's been a long time now since I had much in the way of hiking related news to yack about. This is changing now as I've got to get stuff packed and my truck new oil. BYW, Toyota trucks, aka Tacos, rock. All I ever do for it is change the oil... knock on wood.

Anyhow I have been dealing with what I thought was a chronic achilles tendon problem for months now and nothing I've done has helped. I finally went to my friend Dr Pat and she did her magic on my calf, the culprit in this mystery. Then off to see Amber, super massage queen and my leg feels better than it has for months. Looks like I've been treating the wrong thing all this time. Hopefully this will help me be able to treat it on my own once I hit the dusty road, in about a week. Yikes!

I can feel the anxiety building again as I prepare for this next section of my hike. How bad will the mosquitoes be? Will there be enough trees to hang my hammock? How cold will it be and when will it happen? Will I be warm enough? Is my rain gear up to the task of Pacific Northwest downpours? As I am a weather wimp, these kinds of things concern me.

It's funny how my worries of the past don't concern me now. I've done the desert thing, I'm familiar with the Sierras but the PNW is a new creature, one I know nothing of. Will it be friendly or snarl a bit? I hope for no bites but one never knows. To help me with these unknowns, Angela just finished casting me a silver token I will be wearing around my neck. Angela made a casting of it from a plastic charm I picked up somewhere years ago. Somehow wearing Lucky around my neck gives me confidence.


  1. Beautiful charm. I'm happy that things are coming together for you. Good Luck!

  2. Woo Hoo! Can't wait to start following you again. Do you pick up the PCT right in Ashland?

    1. Hi Stacey. I'm not sure as Ashland is actually a bit north of the border. I'll probably start where I can get a ride. I'm getting excited!

  3. Yippee! Looking forward to following along on your hike.

  4. You can do it Shel, and I predict that you will fall in love with the PNW - it is so beautiful!!