The Danish visitors left us with a new expression: "More Good Stuff!!!" A few years back one of them received one of those delightfully tacky talking Greeting Cards and this is what the voice in the card proclaimed. This little goofy English expression stuck and the girls now use it frequently. It's most commonly used when one is flying down a ski slope, or a gliding through a meadow of fresh white sparkling powder guided by the moonlight and stars.
Sunshine Meadows by Full Moon - Feb. 7th
It's been a whirlwind of More Good Stuff the past 2 weeks, actually far too much to keep up with. There's been some amazing adventures: a full moon ski, some warm sunny days and glorious runs and a few ski tours to new and beautiful places. This past weekend - 3 full days at Skoki Lodge. We made some incredible turns until my legs were sore on our first day, then we bagged an incredible high ridge on the second day and finally, we relaxed and skied back to civilization on our third day. More Good Stuff!
Sparkle and Snow
Either way, the expression "time fly's when your having fun" fully applies to me and my life right now. Time seems to be passing at such an exponentially fast rate, that I feel like I could use some extra time to organize my time. :) Or just collect my thoughts. Too Much Good Stuff? Truthfully, I've been a little distracted with a few ideas swirling in my head. You see, there's this little thing I've been obsessing about.
It's time to Howl.
Back in the New Year I wrote:
I love the New Year. It puts me in a contemplative state-of-mind and makes me hyper aware of the passing of time and of good things to come. It makes me think that now is the time to live my life, because every moment counts. Time is precious and we've got a limited supply. It's your life to live, it sure would be a shame to not enjoy it! So, if you have any big hairy audacious goals - put them on your list and start planning. Time's a ticking.
Friday AM - at Skoki Lodge: More Good Stuff
So, I've been thinking. I've got a few big hairy audacious goals on my wishlist. Most of them involve trails and adventures and travels - or some variation of those themes. My big crazy dream that's been on the wishlist since I first heard about it the desire to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Merlin's Castle - above Merlin Lake: Skoki Backcountry
It's a trail that stretches from Mexico to the Canadian border and travels 2,650 miles or 4,265 kilometers through 7 National Parks, 24 National Forests and 33 federally mandated wilderness areas. Until recently, I didn't think it was an attainable goal for me to take the time to do this in the next few years. A few weeks back, all of that changed over a breakfast conversation and a morning cup of coffee with my husband. In a nutshell, Keith told me that I should just go do it and I should do it now. So, just like that it was decided. When your husband gives you the "two thumbs up" to go for a very long solo walk, you have to go for it.
Best-est Husband on Earth or in this case, on Merlin Ridge
It's been oddly surreal. I went from "Some day, I'm going to do that!" to "I'm doing the PCT!" practically overnight. It left me a bit bewildered and I almost didn't quite believe it myself. Now that it's settled - I'm practically bursting at the seams.This thing, this dream o' mine it's happening! It's really happening!!
I'M GOING TO GO DO THE FRICKIN' PACIFIC CREST TRAIL!!
MORE GOOD STUFF!!
We're Going There. More Good Stuff. Merlin Ridge in the distance.
Now, you're probably asking yourself: how long does it take to walk 4,265 miles? Well, it's a major time commitment. Every year in early May, around 300 hikers start the PCT from the Mexican border. Most of them are going to take 5 months and try and finish sometime in late September. As for me, I can't start in May with this years annual crowd of through-hikers. The time line doesn't work for me or for my employer. I'm going to do something a little bit different and start from the Canadian border on August 1st traveling North to South. It means I could be a little lonely and it also means I'm going to have to work very hard to make it through the Sierras before the snow arrives. Who knows if I'll make it. If I survive one month, then 2 months, then 3 months - I'll be a happy girl. If I actually make it the entire distance I'll be thrilled beyond words. If I don't make it, I sure will have had fun trying.
More Good Stuff! Looking towards Lake Louise from Merlin Ridge
So, that's my big exciting news. I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! More Good Stuff, indeed.