It’s been a looong time since my last blog post, so this is well overdue. Actually, a lot of things are well overdue…
Firstly, the PCT book I’ve been working on since early 2017 is FINALLY done! “Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail” is now available on Amazon for those of you who have been waiting!
Clicking on the image below will take you to the book’s Amazon page. This link only goes to the paperback version, but you can search the title of the book on Amazon and it will bring up both kindle and paperback versions. They should both merge onto the same product page in a few days, but for now they are separate. Just so you know, the paperback version has no pictures, while the kindle version has more than 60 pictures!
I have to admit, publishing this book feels a lot different than when I published “Lost on the Appalachian Trail.” When I published LOAT, I had zero expectations of it, and neither did anybody else. It just sort of… caught on.
This time around, people have been anxiously waiting for the lightning to hopefully strike twice. Racing Winter was a much harder book to write than Lost on the AT, but I am very pleased with the final product, and I hope you are too. I tell ya, the anxiety of putting a piece of work out that people have been anticipating – is enough to make me feel like puking. Major butterflies!
Any who, it’s done, it’s out there, and it’s ready to take you right along for another epic adventure. I hope you enjoy it!
This year has been a real crap shoot for me when it comes to adventures. First, I was supposed to hike the CDT northbound in the spring with my girlfriend Jessica (Dixie aka Homemade Wanderlust), but that fell through when Katana’s eye situation deteriorated (literally). Then, I was supposed to hike the CDT southbound in June either by myself or with Katana. That fell through as well, mostly because I was making excellent headway on the book and didn’t want to abandon it when it was so close to being done (but also because I didn’t feel Katana was completely ready, and I didn’t have anyone to watch her in my stead). THEN, I had some tentative plans to canoe the entire Mississippi with Katana and my buddy Coma (from LOAT), but those fell through as well, for a myriad of reasons.
So it was looking like I wasn’t going to do anything crazy this year, but my fortunes turned around a little over a week ago. Long story short, I was able to make plans with family and friends to watch Katana for the next two months or so. Originally, I wasn’t going to have anyone to watch her, but my parent’s summer plans changed last minute, making them available and more than happy to watch their grand-dog for an extended period.
Their newfound availability coupled with the last minute finishing of the PCT book left me with a perfect window of time to do something… but what?
Well, I flew out to Wyoming the other day and met Jessica in the town of Lander. Now I’m going to hike the rest of the way north on the CDT to Canada with her (little over 1,000 miles), in however much time it takes. Hopefully less than two months, or we are going to be freezing our butts off like I did last year…
Katana is doing well, but it saddens me to report that she’s totally blind now. It’s been a major adjustment, but I’ve maintained a positive outlook. The biggest differences in our lives are ironically the littlest things. Mostly, the blindness has put a major dent in how quickly she gets around and does things. She’s very deliberate with everything she does, as well as extra cautious and a little more jumpy to sudden or loud noises. It was a tough transition, but it has become our new normal, and we embrace it. I’ll eventually have more to say about it once we embark on our first “blind” adventure.
Although this is not a thru hike for me right now, I am going to keep up a journal and blog. Not a day by day like usual, but several days summarized in each post. I really can’t tell you how excited I am to be on the CDT again, especially with Jessica. This trail enchanted me last year, and it feels like I’ve come home, in a sense. Also, I’ll be doing the CDT again in its entirety next year with Schweppes, as well as some other trails (mayyyybeee with Katana too. We’ll see!)
I think that’s mostly everything! Anything else will shared in upcoming blogs. I apologize for the long gap between posts; I was laboring over the new book night and day (a labor of love). But now that it’s done, I’m looking forward to sharing more adventures, more information, and more inspiration with all of you – much more frequently!
I’ll see you all on the other side, and as always, thank you for the continued love and support! Safe steps and happy trails!