April 4th – 10th
Oregon to California
This last week has been an absolute whirlwind! Both Caitlin and I’s last day at work was Friday, April 3rd. As soon as the weekend hit, we did some painting touch-ups to our condo in Portland, Oregon in preparation for our new tenants who move in by mid-April. We then we packed up all of our possessions into probably 50+ boxes and loaded everything into a 6×12 foot U-Haul trailer. This was easier said than done, and Caitlin worked like a mad woman during the whole process. She’s a real champ when it comes to getting stuff done. In the end, we were left staring at an empty condo and a full trailer holding our entire material lives. It was a strange feeling.
On April 8th, at 11:30am, we said goodbye to our beloved home in Portland one last time and hit the road for the sunnier climes of Southern California where we have family and where we will start the PCT. It was a surprisingly fast trip even with the trailer weighing us down. Caitlin and I have a system where one of us sleeps in the back of our Toyota 2-Runner while the other drives. Since I am nocturnal and she is diurnal, it makes for nearly round-the-clock driving, so we can get places pretty quickly.
We made it a little over halfway by 2am on our first day, then slept briefly at the house of Caitlin’s good friends Mia and Chris in Concord, California. 3 hours later we were back on the road to Santa Barbara. Once there we dropped off some furniture at Caitlin’s parents house then made our way to Newport Beach where Caitlin’s grandmother (Nana) lives. Nana is going to be our main contact person in civilization and is the only one we know that is possibly more excited than we are about our PCT adventure.
On Friday we unpacked all our stuff and moved it into Nana’s garage then tended to various errands and did our grocery shopping to buy food for the first stretch of trail.
We spent the whole day today (Saturday) hanging out with Caitlin’s family back in Santa Barbara and celebrating Mia’s birthday at the wonderful party that was thrown for her. I feel like I ate/drank 5,000 calories today. I can only hope that’s true, because I’ll be losing weight soon enough.
It’s back to Newport Beach tomorrow (Sunday) then off to the border to start our hike on Monday morning.
This is about to happen for real.