Change of Plans!!

Okay…. I’ve been MIA for awhile now. I know this is nothing new!! I’m coming on the end of my studies so I have been very busy.

My PCT plans have changed a little… I was planning on doing a NOBO hike in the summer of 2015 after I graduate. I won’t be graduating until May so that kind of throws that plan out the window. I am also going to Ghana in September of 2015 for 4 months. I was thinking of just hiking a NOBO hike when I return in 2016 but I am not sure yet.

New plan: So my dad is now retired from the Army and has been getting into camping and doing things to keep himself busy. He mentioned that he would be interested in doing the PCT. I think we are going to shoot for a SOBO hike in June/July before I head to Ghana. We are thinking of doing all of WA and ending at The Bridge of the Gods. We live in WA so this would be perfect for us…and a bonus is with two people we can spread our gear out!!!

I’m excited about this new idea and I think it will be a perfect father/daughter bonding trip!!

I’ll keep you posted

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Back At It..

Well, I haven’t really posted anything since Jan…. I guess I haven’t really been up to much since then. I’m in my final year of graduate school and my PCT plans have changed a little. My first goal was that I wanted to hike the PCT in 2015 after I graduate. As it turns out I wont graduate until May of 2015 and I have to take another class that will go until July. So, that pretty much threw a wrench into my plans to hike in 2015 since the ideal time to start the hike is in April. This really upset me because I didn’t know what I would do for a year before my hike. I didn’t want to find my dream job because then I didn’t know if I would ever get on the trail. I have found my solution that will give me job experience but allow me to hike the PCT in . This solution is with a company called UBELONG. I plan to spend 6 months in Ghana volunteering in a hospital. I plan to be in Ghana from September 2015-March 2016. This will put me back in the country for about a month before I start my PCT hike.

I have started to get more gear for my hike, so I plan to have most of my things before I leave for Ghana, so that way when I return home I will only have to prep my resupply boxes. I have my pack, tent, stove, sleeping bag, shoes, and some of my smaller items. I plan to update my gear list soon.

I’m excited about my trip to Ghana because I have been researching it and there are a lot of parks in the country with amazing hiking trails. Hopefully I will be able to do many hikes while I am there.

 

I will write another post soon with more info about the gear I have purchased and my Ghana trip.

 

Shay 

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Indecisive… LIFE

As you may know from reading my blog I am in grad school right now for my Masters of Public Health. My plan was (is) to hike the PCT in the summer of 2015 after I graduate. I still really want to do this.BUT  I’m now looking at continuing with school for a 2nd Masters degree in either communications or public policy/government. My main career goal is to be a Public Health Advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. 

With this I’m not sure if I will be able to hike in 2015… I’m applying to NYU, John Hopkins, and Georgetown after I am done at OU. Hopefully starting in the Fall of 2015. So, It may or may not put off my trip depending on when I graduate and if I get into one of those schools..Hopefully Georgetown!! 🙂  Ahhhhhh… Life decisions, I may have to settle with a section hike or do half of it then, and finish the rest at a later time.

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First PCT prep hike

wpid-20140119_085027.jpg On Sunday January 19th I set out at Greenleaf Lake to go on my first long PCT prep hike. I woke up at 6AM and drove for almost 2 hours to reach my destination. My goal was to hike the south loop which is about 10 miles round trip. I thought that this would be a good first hike with my backpack. I only had about 10-15lbs in my backpack for this day hike. wpid-20140119_063001.jpgwpid-20140118_181434.jpg I had 1 gallon of H2O to get me through the day. It was about 30 degrees when I set out on the trail and there wasnt a cloud in the sky. It was BEAUTIFUL. There are not very many hiking trails close to home so I looked on the All Trails website to find some that were within 2 hours of me. The Greenleaf trail is about 18miles round trip if you take the north loop.

I was going at a very decent pace at about 20min miles. at mile 5 I stopped to take a break and eat lunch. I thought that since I started at the official trail head which is a mile from the unofficial trail head that I needed to turn around at mile 6… Boy was I wrong! As it turns out I missed the turn-around and I didn’t come to this realization until I was at Mile 8. So I just decided to finish out the whole trail because by turning around I would have had to hike the same amount that I would if I just finished the whole thing out.

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I saw only a few hikers on the trail but I saw a TON of armadillos. They would jump out onto the trail as I was walking up and scare the crap out of me. They were pretty cute lol.

Around mile 10 I lost the sight of the trail markers… I ended up getting lost in a sticker bush field. NOT FUN!! My legs are so scratched up, It looks like I got attacked by a cat.wpid-20140120_144146.jpg wpid-20140120_144200.jpg

At this point in the day I had had enough. I just wanted to get back home so I could watch my Seahawks play and go to sleep. I ended up doing 18.16 miles in 8hrs and 46mins. In the end it was fun but very tiring and I need to practice a lot more before I even think about doing the PCT. I’m excited to get out and try some more trails.

It took me about 4 days for my blistered feet to stop hurting and for my legs to not be sore anymore. My pinky toes are black and blue and I think I may lose the nail 😦 But other than that I am ready to get back out for another trail.

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M.I.A.

So I haven’t posted since Christmas… I actually haven’t done much since Christmas 😦 It seemed that I had one nice day while I was home over the holiday, so I only got one good hike in. I’m back in OK, and last weekend it was 69 degrees!!! WHAT! I did go on a quick 4 mi hike, but I didn’t take any pictures(same place I went before…not very exciting). I started my 2nd semester of grad school this week and boy it’s going to be a lot of work this semester. My mission is to find cool hiking places within an hour drive of me.. I need to branch out of Tulsa if I am ever going to find decent hiking places. I’m thinking Sunday I am going to try to get up early to go hiking somewhere new.

I left my awesome hiking shoes at home in Seattle… I didn’t notice this until I went to put on my shoes and I put my feet into my hiking boots.. There is no need for boots on the trails here in OK. I’m lucky I have the BEST mom in the world and she is shipping me my shoes and she even paid extra because she knew I would want them by the weekend.. What a great mom!!

In other news, I applied to a new job in the laboratory here in Tulsa. It will be more hours and more work BUT a $10 pay increase.. That will help BIG time in funding my trip. My goal for 2014 is to pay off my credit cards by June and then save the rest of my money for my trip.. I’m the WORST at saving money but I need to try. At least a few hundred a paycheck should help. I’m really aiming to get my tent and sleeping bag and stove by this summer so I can go on a few overnight trips.

Well, i’m signing off.. Just wanted to give a quick update

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Home Sweet Pacific Northwest!!!

I’m home for Christmas here in the PNW, visiting from Tulsa. It’s good to be back home for a little while. I just finished my first semester of grad school with a 3.3 gpa. Not bad I guess, 2 B’s abd 1 A. I’m glad to be done with this semester but I’m kind of looking forward to going back to school.

My second day home started off pretty gloomy out but I was determined to go for a short hike. I’m SO glad I did, it turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day. I went to Point Defiance Park located near downtown Tacoma, just a short 20 min drive from my house. I did the outer loop called 5-mile drive. It goes along the outer edge of the park and has some cool trails leading down to the beach. I just did a quick 1he, 3mi hike, with a short trip to the beach.

Here are some pictures of that beautiful hike.

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There was an eagle flying overhead

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Love the beach

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Christmas

My family was good to me and bought some items off of my PCT wishlist!!!! I didn’t get my tent or sleeping bag like I really wanted but I got some smaller items. I’m forever grateful to them for supporting me on this adventure I’m going to take.

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So excited about my PCT calendar!!

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Now I really need my bag and tent lol kind of useless without them haha

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Camp stove is needed next but at least I have my sporks
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First and only injury of Christmas, cut my finger on my knife

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