Day 1: First Steps
Mexican border (mile 0) to mile 11.25
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.
– Dr. Seuss
We experienced our first trail magic before we even reached the trail. Scout and Frodo, who hiked the PCT in 2007 were super helpful hosting us and arranging rides to the trailhead. They hosted many other hikers too, and had a BBQ with various of their PCT friends. It was great to chat maps and photography with Half Mile, whose maps we are using on this trip. And we met a number of other hikers like us crazy enough to try to thru hike the PCT.
This morning Tristan drove us to the trailhead at 6 AM. We touched the Mexican border fence, signed the trail register, and then we were on our way.
When you picture a desert, you might imagine a barren expanse of land, but the desert here is anything but barren. We saw lots of wildflowers and a variety of trees, grasses, and animals.
The temperature was perfect in the morning, though it got toasty later on.
At 12:45 we took a siesta. We cooked beans and couscous under a manzanita tree. The siesta is great in the desert because it allows us to walk during the cooler morning and evening hours, and rest during the heat of the day. As we ate, a hummingbird paid us a visit and we charged our phones back to a full charge with our solar panel.
We walked a few more miles, and in the evening, we found a good spot and set up our tent. Now we can rest our feet and have a nice sound sleep.
We both felt a bit disoriented from all the traveling we’ve been doing looking for a new home town, but now on the trail things seem very simple. When all you have to worry about is walking, eating, and sleeping, your mind can be at rest. Thus after the initial excitement wore off, we both felt comfortable and relaxed.
As we take these first steps on the PCT, we wanted to share that with each mile we walk we are raising funds for the Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is an excellent nonprofit organization which protects ecologically important lands and waters around the world, including areas in all 50 states. Our goal is to each raise $1 per mile. This means we are aiming for a total of $5300. Click the link below to visit out Nature Conservancy donation page.
If you are one of the first ten people who donate, we’ll send you an awesome PCT postcard. Thank you for your support!