I graduated college all bright eyed and ready for a real job in a field I had actually worked hard to get into. Only when I graduated there were no jobs (don’t get me started on the whole nursing shortage thing that’s a rant that can go on for far too long). So as the months continued to find me jobless I found myself spending hours researching interview and resume tips in desperation. I couldn’t even get an interview but I was going to be prepared if I ever did manage it. One of those classic interview tips was about how to spin your weakness’s into strengths. As I continue to prep for this trip I find myself dwelling on traits that I think are going to cause me problems if I don’t actively work on them and what the heck am I going to do about it.
One piece of advice I keep hearing about the PCT is that you have to go with the flow. This is not something I am know for, I like planning and lists, I like knowing where I am and where I am going. Simply put I can be too high strung for my own good. Somehow I don’t think that saying head north towards Canada is going to calm my nerves at some dusty trail intersection in the middle of nowhere.
As I sit with my giant pile of maps, my calendar and the great website: Craig’s PCT Planner (http://www.pctplanner.com/ a website where you plug in a few statistics like pace and hours hiking and it helps you create a rough itinerary with days between resupply points and more statistics than I know what to do with) I keep trying to remember to step back and go with the flow.
It helps that I know it’s very logical. Realistically there are just too many things that will be out of my control on this hike. I just can’t know how fast I will be hiking and how good (or bad) I will be feeling days from now let alone months from now, there could be forest fires or freak snow storms or I could fall and break my ankle. The what-ifs are never ending and frankly pretty depressing and scary. So instead of getting bogged down by little details I am working on this flexibility thing.
With that in mind I have finally nailed down a rough itinerary for this whole shebang. There will be lots of changes and fine tuning to come but at least I finally have a base.
Oh and in case you were wondering there are other things that need tweaking but let’s just focus on one thing at a time ok?