THE CAFFEINATED HIKER RETURNS

Greetings blog followers! I apologize for my almost year and a half of silence. Life after the PCT has been weird and exciting and amazing and really, really hard.

Here’s the Sparknotes update: After a long and difficult 7 months of long-distance, Gummies finally moved to Canada with me at the end of May 2018. We got married on July 21, 2018, and about one month afterwards, relocated from Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Gummies is currently pursuing his masters degree in urban planning. About one year after he moved here, we received the exciting news that he had been approved to become a permanent resident of Canada!

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Wedding photo by the amazing and lovely SN Photography.

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My Dream Hiking Bucket List!

I’m back!! It’s been a while since my last post. The past couple of weekends have been pretty busy for me, which means it’s been almost 3 weeks since my last hike. This had me feeling a bit uninspired, so I decided to write about my dream hikes to get myself feeling motivated again. This list is by no means exhaustive, but this set of dream hikes will keep me busy and happy for quite a while. So, without further ado, my dream hiking bucket list:

My first three dream trails come as a kind of package deal, as together they make up what is known as the “Triple Crown” of hiking. This term refers ┬áto the three major long-distance hiking trails in the U.S.: the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Appalachian Trail (AT), and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Completion of the Triple Crown involves hiking a total distance of 12 700 km (7900 miles), and Triple Crowners will visit 22 of the 50 U.S. states during these three hikes. The title of “Triple Crowner” has only been officially claimed by several hundred people, and thus is quite the achievement.

The Trail: Pacific Crest Trail, U.S.A.

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Map courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

The Distance: 4270 km // 2654 miles, from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington, following the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges

The Sights: 7 national parks, 700 miles of desert in Southern California, the Sierra Nevada mountains (including 8 named passes with elevations above 11, 000 ft.), old growth forests and volcanoes (including Mt. Hood) in Oregon, and the rugged northern Cascades of Washington

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