But, I was suppose to thru-hike…
I feel a bit ashamed to say it, but, I’ve sort of lost steam on planning a long thru-hike for this summer.
But you know what: That’s okay. If I’m lucky, I’ll have lots of years to plan big, gorgeous, and challenging hikes.
My summer plans have morphed as time has gone on. I had planned for a long time to finally hike the JMT this summer. I was finishing up a job, and planned some down time before I looked for a new one. Then, after a challenging new permit situation, and an impending big move to a new state I decided to put that on the back burner. THEN, I thought, “wouldn’t this be a great time to hike the Lost Coast Trail?” But you know what: I just didn’t have the energy to plan it, and after growing up just south of there (and backpacking in Pt. Reyes National Park a few weeks ago), I feel like I’ve been spending a lot of time gazing at our beautiful local coastline.
So, I’ve been spending some time pondering what this all means moving forward, while also fighting a bit of disappointment at my inability to get things together for a big summer adventure (but, I said it’s okay, right?). While I have a lot of moments of feeling like I’ve sort of wasted my much-anticipated backpacking season, I’m also looking forward to getting settled, and getting some solid 2016 plans in place over the next year. Moving is hard. Each time I move, I tell myself “what’s the big deal? Spend a few weeks putting stuff into boxes, and then you’re done.” However, by the end of the whole experience, I am exhausted and drained. In retrospect, it was a wise choice to put off the JMT until a better time in the future, as I think in the long run, it will be a more enjoyable experience to plan, train for, and complete the trail when the husband and I are in a more stable place location-wise.
Tentative thru-hikes I’m researching for next summer:
-Tahoe Rim Trail
-Colorado Trail (I’ve been wanting to do this one for a very long time)
-Section hiking part of the PCT and/or CDT
So, the point of this whole ramble is: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Do your best, don’t get caught up in the “but all these people are doing all these amazing thru-hikes this summer” black hole. It’s all okay 🙂
Also, here’s a photo from my backpacking trip in Pt. Reyes a few weeks ago: