My oldest son (Blake) is much more tech-savvy than myself and therefore I needed his help to set up this blog site. He suggested that my first blog should be about my “dream” since I had referenced it in the name of this blog site. That got me thinking about how I explain where my dream to hike the PCT came from. After all, one person’s dream could be another person’s nightmare. Donna and I have a lot of friends that are excited for our PCT adventure but very few that have any interest in hiking or backpacking for several days let alone several months or more. I am sure that is a common experience for most if not all thru-hikers. But isn’t that how life is? We all, for the most part, have different interests, different life experiences, different needs and wants, and different desires. I think it’s fair to assume that it’s these differences between us that shape and influence many things including our “dreams”
There are several definitions of “dream” in the dictionary but the one that pertains to this blog’s title is: “a strongly desired goal or purpose”. My wife and I have had a dream to hike the Pacific Crest Trail for several years. Our dream to hike the PCT is really a strong desire or vision that has been created in our mind and exists in our imagination. In my case, I am sure that this dream evolved from personal experiences including many years of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, two thru-hikes of the JMT, my love of the outdoors, my sense of adventure and the physical and mental challenge of such a large undertaking. I’m also confident that the PCT blogs that I have read and followed over the past few years have also motivated me to attempt a thru-hike of the PCT – thank you Blazer, Andy and Laurie, Jenn and Colby (Jenn Hikes PCT) and Owen Rojek (Time for a Hike). For many years, however, my dream was not possible because of work and family responsibilities. My dream only existed in my mind.
As our start date approaches (now less than one week), our dream to thru-hike the PCT is turning into reality. And, for me, that reality is exciting but also a little scary. The DREAM of thru-hiking the PCT has now turned into a GOAL of thru-hiking the PCT. Dreams are imaginary and free and require no effort. Goals have a cost – they require action and commitment. Goals require focus and hard work. Dreams can inspire you but achieving your goals can, not only change your life, but define your life. So I think it’s great to have dreams but at some point you need to act on your dreams. And if you’re going to dream then you might as well DREAM BIG.
I’ve read on many hikers blogs that there is a special community of hikers on the PCT. Maybe that is because we all have a shared dream and we are acting to make those dreams come true. Donna and I are looking forward to joining that community.