When people hear that we’re planning to hike the PCT, they often ask: What are you going to eat on the PCT? How are you going to get food? Do you carry all of your food in your pack?
It turns out that planning and executing our PCT resupply strategy ended up taking a significant portion of our 2.5 weeks back in California before hitting the trail. There was only so much that we could plan from abroad — we developed a general strategy and then left the rest for later.
Packing resupply boxes is tough work. Also, Sierra* helped.
“You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast”
After more than 11 months of international travel, we safely returned to the United States on March 28, 2017. On our flight from Taipei to Los Angeles we had an unexpected night-time view of the San Francisco Bay Area, which I have tried to make more visible with filters:
Not the best photo, I know. But it was a nice view of our home after almost a year away.
It may not always be apparent from our blog, but we often have no clue what we are doing tomorrow, let alone our next city or country to visit. Our experience dealing with Indonesian immigration is a perfect example of the kind of time suck the process can become and the various about-faces and deliberations we make (but that never make it to the blog).
These poor puppies don’t know where to go. Then again, they live in a fabric shop in Bali, so life is good.
Our flight leaves tomorrow and we are (almost) ready to go. We have a few more details to take care of, but on the whole I’d say that we’re ready.
A lot of people have asked us what we’re planning on bringing for our yearlong adventure. We took a few snapshots of what is currently in our packs to share. In some respects, packing for a longer trip is the same as packing for a week-long trip. However, we’ve also thought a lot about making sure that our clothing will work well in multiple combinations, climates, and cultures.
Wanderlust (n.): a strong, innate desire to roam or travel about.
For years we have played the “what if” game. What if we quit our jobs to travel the world? Where would we go? What would we see? What mystery street food would we eat? Eventually, this game of “what if” became an obsession. Figuring out the answer to these questions became a need.
In two weeks “what if” becomes our reality. We have both quit our jobs. Our apartment is (almost) empty and (mostly) packed into a storage unit. We have a one-way plane ticket to Marrakesh via Stockholm. Amid the final preparations, reality is starting to sink in. After all of our “what if” planning, this is actually happening.
Our plan from here on out is simple. There really isn’t one. We have a rough idea of what we’d like to do and experiences we would like to have. But, for now, none of this is concrete (much to our parents’ continued frustration). The current “plan” is this: spend a couple days in Stockholm; fly to Marrakesh and spend a couple (three?) weeks exploring Morocco; hightail it to St. Jean Pied de Port across the Spanish/French border to hike the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across Spain; and then… it’s unclear (Israel? Palestine? Jordan? Kilimanjaro?). Eventually we would like to take the Tran-Siberian Railway across Russia, through Mongolia, to Beijing, at which point we can make our way down through Asia into Indonesia and the Philippines.
We plan to blog as we go — mainly as a way of documenting our trip for ourselves and also to assure our parents that we are still alive (we are!). Only time (and maybe this blog) will tell where this journey will take us.
To wanderlust and living life without regrets!