Below is the message I've sent out to my friends and family regarding what's going on with me.
Firstly, my apologies if this arrives in your inbox twice as I'd
rather you got this twice than not at all. Secondly, many of you
haven't heard from me in months or years so read on to find out what
I'm up to nowadays. For those of you who are in-the-know, read on as
you're probably interested in hearing how things are going.
On Thursday, June 21st I set off from Chief Mountain Ranger Station at
Glacier National Park, embarking on the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest
Trail ( http://pnt.org ). At that time all my research and planning
was put behind me and it was time to walk. I'm am currently one day
ahead of schedule but will more than likely end behind schedule as I
come across an interesting place or two to stop and spend a day. I
plan to be done hiking sometime after August 24th.
As of today, July 5th, 2007 I have reached the small town of Bonner's
Ferry, Idaho approximately 225 miles from where I started. I have
been averaging roughly 18 or 19 miles of hiking per day. Primarily I
hike on hiking trails, secondly, Forest Service logging roads and
thirdly (but rarely fortunately) asphalt highways.
The gear I've chosen to carry with me was all selected (and some
handmade by my girlfriend and I) for both it's durability and
lightweight. Thusfar I am quite happy with my choices in gear as all
is holding up well and not weighing me down. For those amongst you
whom consider yourselves gear heads, you can view my gear list at my
Web site ( http://samh.net/backpacking ).
I have mailed one memory card of digital pictures home and my brother
has kindly offered to put those up on my Web site for viewing.
Perhaps he will copy all the e-mail addresses to whom I've sent this
message and let you know when those are available for viewing.
I've seen very few people on the trails thusfar as Northwest Montana
(where I've spent 99% of my time) is not very populated. I get my
share of socializing however when I come down out of the mountains and
have to walk through a town to pick up another package of food from
the post office. Last night I even hiked a bit extra to get into town
to watch the Independance Day fireworks (and more importantly eat a
couple double cheeseburgers).
I won't be checking my e-mail again for quite some time so if your
comments can wait until after I've complete my journey it would be
most appreciated as my Internet time is limited at public libraries.
Although if you'd like to comment quickly I do like hearing how
everyone is doing. Feel free to reply to this message or use the
Contact Form on my Web site ( http://samh.net/backpacking )
To close I'll quote an individual whom I met one night camping, "Don't
live life - experience it."