I have found it very hard to post anything for the past several months because I didn’t know how to start. I have made hiking a part of my life and personality over the past several years. When I get a hobby, I dive head first. In the last year, I have made hiking the JMT a core part of my plans. And now I’ve changed my plans.
Several things have happened since my last post, and I think the universe is telling me not to hike the JMT this year. It took me a long time to come to this realization, but I believe I made the right choice. There have been good things that have gotten in the way (we’re buying a house, and Andrew switched jobs to one he is better suited for and will enjoy more) and not so good things (a complete failure of a training hike, not getting a southbound permit and settling for a northbound one) that have led me to believe the JMT isn’t for me in 2016. I am not in shape enough to hike 12 to 15 miles every day at an altitude I’ve never been at before, and I definitely don’t want to have this once in a lifetime experience without my husband, who is my best friend and patient hiking partner.
Instead, I will be hiking the Rae Lakes Loop with one of my good friends from high school and her roommate. Rather than heading from Glen Pass to Woods Creek in just one day, passing through the Rae Lakes in a blur, we’ll have a lot more time to enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of the JMT. We’ll take 7 days to explore the beauty of the area, jump in alpine lakes, wonder at waterfalls, and hike an average of 8 miles a day.
After the jump, read more about what will happen with this blog and what my future plans are.