In April 2017, I set out to hike 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. (Yes, that’s the trail from Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.)
But I didn’t do that. I failed.
Instead, I hiked through 700 miles of desert and briefly into the heavily snowed-in Sierra Nevada mountains. In Bishop, California, I found myself without a group to hike with and knew facing the snow and river crossings alone could be fatal. I left the trail to hike along the Oregon Coast, another 300 or so miles. I considered going back to the Pacific Crest, the snow having melted, but I no longer felt like part of that world. So I went home.
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