I know, I know. I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of Texas. But here is my plan:
Last day of work: July 26.
July 27-Aug 20: hike JMT, visit a bit with my uncle in San Francisco.
August 20-aug 2?: pack up what I haven't sold, move most of it to storage
Drive me, the pooch, and the kitty (who doesn't backpack, by the way), to my brother's house in Austin.
I am going to be doing contract/travel PT stuff in Austin until April, trying some desert hikes; a very good friend lives on a Hopi reservation in NE AZ so we'll meet up for some desert trips.
Then...as long as I can save enough cash...it's PCT 2014!! I plan to just stay in the PNW when I'm done.
The Austin thing is because I finally have a niece, my brother is very homesick and would love for me to spend some time with them, and he has a guest house where I can live rent free for several months. Of course, he seems to think I am saving to move to Portland...he conveniently forgot the PCT bit. His response? "You can't do that. You'll be a bum!"
Yep, I say. Exactly.