We have had a productive and exhausting week. Friday, February 24 was our last day working for US EPA and UC Berkeley. We each had wonderful send-off parties and left feeling supported on our journey.
Over the weekend we finished packing up our apartment, a task which always seems to take longer than expected. Then on Monday we picked up a rental truck and moved all of our possessions into a 5×10 foot storage unit. Luckily, everything fit.
Tuesday was devoted to buying food for the Pacific Crest Trail, with stops at Rainbow Grocery, Sports Basement, and Whole Foods. It was helpful to have an empty apartment to spread out all the food before repackaging and splitting into boxes. Food preparations continued until Wednesday night when we moved all the boxes to Jim and Cindy’s garage. We will post more details about our food boxes soon. We are just glad that detailed and time consuming step is done!
Thursday morning, March 1, we finished up a bit of apartment cleaning and headed out of San Francisco. Crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains at Donner Pass, we noticed a sign indicating a PCT trailhead. We were excited to realize we’ll start hiking the trail in less than two months! Walking will be much more relaxing and enjoyable than driving.
We are leaving the SF Bay Area because Anna has developed a bad mold allergy. However, we haven’t decided which dry climate city to move to next. That’s why we are going on a road trip prior to hiking the PCT. The cities we plan to explore are: Boise, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Fort Collins, Boulder, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff. These city visits will be a combination of exploring the neighborhoods plus training for the PCT since we plan to walk around town with our fully loaded hiking backpacks. We’ll get some day hikes and short backpacking trips in the mix too, because those are a big feature of the cities we’re considering.
Let us know if you have suggestions for things to do in any of these cities, whether hikes, restaurants, parks, cool neighborhoods, art museums, or local hangout spots. If you have general thoughts, we’d love to hear those too! We are very much in information gathering mode (don’t worry, we have a spreadsheet to keep track of it all ;-) ).
We already miss our San Francisco friends and family. But at the same time we are very excited for the surprises and adventures which lie ahead.