"I am a 27 year old from Douglassville, Pennsylvania. I grew up camping with my family and with Boy Scouts. I love history, environmental science and maps. I am about to hike the PCT with my girlfriend Mantis! I wanted to go on another thru hike because I didn't get enough on the Appalachian Trail! I think I was bit by the thru hiking bug and I don't want to stop.”
We met Josh outside Julian at the same watering hole as David (Roo). Both Aussies were usually together, so we saw him as well in Julian, Idyllwild, briefly in Wrightwood, Kennedy Meadows South, Kearsarge Pass and Hostel California in Bishop. He is a very kind soul with a great sense of humor.
We met Frankie near Apache Peak on San Jacinto. He was wearing his large straw hat and getting ready to go over San Jacinto with Georgia just because she told him, "C'mon Frankie." This dude is a chill, real one. He's always ready to send it and send it with a smile.
We met David all the way back in week one of the trail at a water source just outside of Julian, CA. He was very kind and our first in depth conversation was about photography; he gave me some tips and tricks. I've come to realize he is a humble and very, very talented photographer.
We made it to Snoqualmie Pass, but unfortunately Mantis' right tendon was swelling because of how tight it was. We thought it best to get off trail for a few days to let her leg recover. We went into Seattle and bounced around a few spots, but spent a few days with...
One thing I have noticed is how much waste we create every time we resupply and over the course of the days we are eating our food and the wrapping they come in adds up fairly quickly. It's a shame that we can't find better ways to package the food we need for resupply or be able to find more grocery stores with healthier and more eco friendly options.
Didn't realize we were going to donate a pint of blood that day. Eventually getting out of the real bad mosquitos we hiked on to Crater Lake! It's actually not technically on the PCT, but neither Mantis or I had ever been so it was a must stop for both of us! It was absolutely stunning.