Hiking again

I have finally been able to get out and hike. With moving, working, and staying at friends and family’s homes I didn’t have any time to hike but last week I got out there and I feel much more confident now. I overdid it a little bit and hiked pretty hard on Friday and Saturday but it’s probably good for me.

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Mt. Defiance – photo by Severt Lawyer

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Angel’s Rest – via Wahkeena Falls

9 1/2 days until I hit the trail. I am not feeling nervous about starting the trail, I just hope I can tie up all the loose ends before I leave. I have to get my health insurance taken care of, finalize my gear, and a few other small tasks that seem to be adding up.

Whatever concerns I still have, I am still super excited to get out there and hike. I can’t wait to wake up in my hammock and only have to think about how many miles I want to do that particular day.

 

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I’m Homeless

I finally finished moving out of my apartment. I underestimated the amount of useless shit that I have and it took about 4 days longer than expected. Every time I move I always say that I’ll never do it again. The difference this time is I did not move from one place to another. Maybe I should say I will never move IN to another place. With the help from my friends and family I am not paying to store my stuff in a storage unit, which feels really good.

I went back last night to pick up one final load of my things and the new tenant had partially moved in. It’s kind of like seeing an ex with their new boyfriend – it felt awkward. I will miss my old apartment and neighborhood but my excitement about what is to come overshadows that.

My final day of work is this Friday and then I will have a birthday/(going away temporarily) party on Saturday. After that I will wake up jobless and homeless with plenty still to prepare. One thing I have not been doing is hiking. We got hit with a snowstorm here in Portland so at least I was able to walk around in the foot deep snow with my gear to test my shoes/socks/gaiters setup and I have to say I am pretty happy with it.

Starting Sunday I will have plenty of time to hike and backpack. If I was smart I would sleep outside every night until I leave in March.

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January 18th – Mt. Hood – low of 22 degrees previous night.

Notice given

Today I gave my 2 week notice at work. My last day will be February 14th.

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