The time has come. The time is now.
The backpacks have been filled and weighed. The kids are at their grandma’s for the weekend. The trash has been taken out and wash switched over to the dryer. I’m ready to hit the trail.
I’ve been wanting to go backpacking for as long as I can remember – or since about Junior High when I was hiking Flat Top behind my house in Anchorage, Alaska and I saw some particularly grody outdoorsmen emerging from the wild valley just behind the mountain.
Wondering where they came from, I asked around and found out there is a two day trail from Girdwood to Anchorage through the Chugach Range. The names and places aren’t important. What is important is the idea that they had to sleep in the woods and carry everything they needed in their packs – like pioneers, without mules.
“Someday,” I thought, “Someday I’m going to hike that trail.”
Well, I don’t know if I’ll ever hike that trail, but now I have my sites set on the PCT – Pacific Crest Trail.
The plan: Out and back on a northbound route from Benson Sno Park off Highway 22. Stay two nights hiking deeper each day. Return on Sunday.
Your job: Check back here on Sunday evening. If you haven’t heard from me by 8:00, CALL SEARCH AND RESCUE.
And now I’d like to thank those grungy outdoorsmen for the inspiration, Goodwill, my dad, my in-laws, and especially U.S. Outdoor Store for the gear. And last but not least, I’d like to thank God for the venue.
Have a great weekend. I plan to.
By the way, I’m conducting an unofficial, on-the-trail protein bar taste testing. I’ll report my finding next week.