PCT Diary :: Day 10 – July 13, 2019

PCT mile 159/2650

My super power on trail thus far is my ability to sleep.

Last night, camped cosily in the forest, I felt I was pulled deep into a safe dark restfully underworld. I haven’t known rest like this. As I emerged my body, especially my feet, feel renewed.

And as I sat eating my porridge and coffee breakfast it came to me that my approach the trail wasn’t as I wanted it to be.

No more judgement, no more feeling pressure to get miles in.

I want to be kinder.

I remember my mountain guide friend Simon’s advice:

Take small gentle steps, alpine plodding, on the uphill. Anytime I notice I’m getting breathless, or when my leg muscles burn, I remind myself to save energy by small steps.
And I plan to drink when thirsty rather than waiting till I’m parched.
I’ll make time to sit down and take proper breaks to eat.

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And it’s been the best day ever.

I’ve walked with ease through a glacier pass, gentle meadows and have arrived at this gorgeous lake to camp. Lake Sally Ann, below Skykomish Peak. I couldn’t resist washing in the cool water. I feel new.

“Let the soft animal of your body do what it loves” (Mary Oliver).

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