Why am I hiking the Pacific Crest Trail? Since I made the decision to walk the PCT a couple of months ago, people continue to ask me “why?” One woman was so surprised someone would actually want to do something so clearly insane. She simply shook her head and said with a smile, “well, many blessings to you.”
When I first tell people I’m gonna hike the Pacific Crest Trail, they look at me a little confused for a moment. Then come the the questions: the whole thing? by yourself? what about bears? Yes, yep, I hope so.
People are scared of the wilderness, of being alone, of mysterious sounds in the night. They’re used to their comfy beds, in their comfy house (even the sounds of traffic and sirens are comforting: at least someone is out there). But hooting owls, whispering winds, rustling leaves — oh my! Funny how real, pure nature and beauty scare some people.