“Hike your own hike”
I feel so rested and fresh hiking again after my short break. I’ve started using ‘second skin’ for my blisters. That and having new socks and insoles = happy feet! And it’s a joy to be out walking again – a feeling I now realise, I was losing.
Yesterday I walked through a lava field. The black rock was hard to walk on – but fun. The landscape felt very other worldly and dramatic.
As the day went on I had the most wonderful views of The Three Sisters. I couldn’t resist taking this comedy photo as my freeze dried meal has a picture of these same mountains.
I’ve been thinking about my approach to this trek.
I want to keep mileage up as I need to reach the High Sierra before snow fall in mid to late September. But I’m ahead of schedule so I don’t need to keep it as high.
I’m tired of getting up at sunrise and arriving at camp at sunset exhausted. I’m tired of having sore feet.
I want to have a few hours in the evening to message friends and family, to chill out, to write this diary better.. to let my body rest and recover.
I want to keep loving this trek and to do this I need to show myself more care.
There’s a phrase that through hikers use: “hike your own hike”. It’s about not worrying what others are doing. Doing the PCT/ life, your way.
It’s so easy to think that more miles are better than less.. Especially when people around you are ‘busting out another 40’. But that’s not why I’m here.
I’m glad my body has reminded me why I’m here. I just wish I was better at listening!