Another lovely walk on a typically Northwest day with Harpo and the delightful DK Pan – an outing of the Northwest School of Mystical Hikers up Rattlesnake Ridge.
Preparing for our upcoming PCT hike Harpo and I have been revisiting some of Ray Jardine‘s books. Ray was the single biggest influence on how we chose to hike, and his practical (not to mention anti-corporate, DIY) attitude remains totally resonate with where we’re at today. We’re looking forward to exploring the trail where he developed the basis for contemporary lightweight backpacking.
Harpo-Mane and I sewed a tarp tent (with help from our friend Zoe) for the AT and it’s still kickin’ after over 150 nights out – including 6 weeks I recently used it in Northern Cali. I’m looking forward to putting together one of his packs for this journey…
As Harpo and I prepare for out southbound PCT this year we’ve been going through some ephemera from our 2013 Appalachian Trail thru hike – sorting, reminiscing, recycling. In many ways, this process makes us hopeful for the experience before us, while allowing us to reflect on the love and generosity we experienced while on the AT. These images represent just a few of the lovely missives we received from friends when we were so far away from home… these things which continually draw us back, and which bathe any thought of return in golden light.