It was late October of 2016, we were getting cabin fever after a stressful work year. We moved to a new home, we were promoted at work. We were ready to escape! We had been talking about camping for a while, but nothing ever came of it. Backpacking had been joked about a few times. Finally, we got our paychecks and all the bills were paid.. so we went for it. We went to REI and cashed out on all the supplies needed to survive for three days in the raw wilderness. Mind you, we had not prepared psychically or mentally for this trip. Although we were very prepared with equipment and we couldn't be more excited to get away! With literally all the elements against us we set off on the adventure that would start the rest.
Three days of heat, wind, rain, and frost. We managed to hike through 22 miles of raw California Wilderness on the gorgeous coastline that people pay thousands to see. The emotional and physical strength that this trip required was nothing short of unimaginable. We came in thinking day 1 would be the toughest with a 2,000 ft incline and six miles of hiking, but little did we know, day 2 had an almost 5,000 ft incline. Day 2 was the toughest. With wind whipping almost 20 miles an hour rain pouring sideways, I wanted to slap down on the ground and cry. But we made it, and it was worth it. Day 3 was the best. I walked a slow pace and enjoyed the clear day getting lost in the rough.
Even though I couldn't wait to get home, this trip was something of great magnitude. I couldn't believe I had actually done it! I hiked 22 miles with almost 55 pounds on my back in the wind & rain. I was more than proud of all of us.