Seeing that retirement was in the not-so-distant future, we started making hiking plans. There are three trail systems that we have our eyes on: 1) The Pacific Crest Trail, 2) The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, and 3) The Appalachian Trail.
After our successful trip around Mt. Rainier on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail, it was very tempting to get the next trip all lined up. Throughout the fall of 2016 both Elaine and I reminisced about how freeing and exhilarating hiking day after day was. Early in 2017, Elaine had some great thoughts in her head about our trajectory for upcoming trips. This is how it kind of went:
- This summer after we finish our jobs in June of 2017, we will take right off and complete the whole 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail from the Continental Divide at the Canadian Border to Cape Alava on the Washington Coast. This should take us about 2 and a half months.
- Next spring, in 2018, we’ll get our permit and be ready for the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail.
- Awesome! Until I thought…
- Hey! 2017 could be the first summer I could be playing a lot of golf, right down to the end of the season in October!
After some heart-felt and understanding discussions with my true love, we decided to section-hike the PNT as much as we could this year, and focus on the PCT in 2018. It was a deal made in heaven. Strengthens the reasons why I love Elaine and her passion for the outdoors and for her understanding of my passion for golf, too.