How Can I Show My Support?
Two questions that I want to answer for you in this post:
1) Can I send you something?
2) Can I come see you?
For the first question: Can I send you something?
Obviously, Yes! If you want to send me something on the trail I would really love that! Please keep in mind a few things.
1) Trinkets and stuff are cool, but take up space and weight in my pack. If its something that you think I would want to keep long term, send it to my parents and they can mail me a picture or keep it for when I get home.
2) If you want to by food/toiletries I have an Amazon Wish List which has food I like and it will send the food straight to my parents house. Since they are making my resupply kits it will actually to me if you send it to them.*
3) If you want to send me something like a Taco Bell Gift Card or a Greeting Card (or even some money so I can upgrade from the hiker hostel to the Motel 6), it's probably the only "extra" things that I will carry with me on the trail, send them to my parents or one of my resupply points. **
*Any unused food from my wish list will go to a charity in the greater Phoenix area at the end of the trip.
**By no means should anyone feel obligated to send me anything, this stems from having several people ask what the best way is to show their support for the trip. I always love hearing from people via snail mail and this trip is no exception.
If you need my parents address, send me an email via Support Blaine on the PCT page and I will make sure to get it to you!
Question 2: Can I come see you?
If you want to come hike with me on the trail there are a few considerations to understand.
First, I have a general idea of where I am going to be a certain time, but there is no guarantees I will be at a certain point when I intend to be. So you will more likely than not need to be a little flexible.
Second, depending on where we are hiking, you will need to make sure that you have the correct permits from the management agency. The PCTA is a good place to start when looking into permits.
Don't let either of those two items scare you, we will find a portion of the trail that is right for you to come hike with me.
If you don't want to spend a night in the wilderness there are some other options to meet when I am out. I will travel through some "easily accessible" towns where I will more likely than not be taking a zero day.
Great places to meet up include:
Cascade Locks, Oregon (outside of Portland)
Tuolumne Meadows, CA (in Yosemite NP)
Big Bear, CA
Lake Tahoe, CA
Crater Lake National Park
Cajon Pass, CA (this on is already taken by a LA friend but an example of an easy place to meet up on trail)
These are a few examples, feel free to look up the trail map and see if there are any places that work for you!
Thank you in advance for all of your support! From visits, to resupplies, to good vibes from your neck of the woods I really do appreciate it!