The storm raged on.

This may not be the best idea I’ve ever had in my life, but I’m hiking that 150 miles of the PCT anyway. Right through this storm. But it ain’t gonna hike itself.

What should’ve been a 2.5 hour drive home from Sacramento was an 8 hour drive through blinding snow and sweet-talking Caltrans into letting us through on a closed road. It was icy and dangerous but the storm raged on and didn’t care that we needed to get home. It didn’t care that if we didn’t get home tonight, I’d miss my flight to get down to the PCT in the first place. It didn’t care if we were safe or dead.

It was a honey badger. It don’t give a shit.

So we eventually dragged ourselves up the staircase to our lovely home, exhausted and bedraggled and barely made it to the bedroom before we passed-the-fuck-out. And then it was morning and I changed my flight to leave from Reno instead of Sacramento so I didn’t have to drive through that monster storm again. And now I just hope it can leave from Reno…

And the storm told itself it was a badass and could kill anyone it wants to. My family isn’t exactly pleased with my decision to go, but my heart doesn’t know how to say no to the trail.

I can always pull the rip cord if I want to later…but I have to try.


Aidan · March 2, 2023 at 5:25 pm

I know you’re going to do great! Honeybadger’s got nothing on you.

Amanda · March 1, 2023 at 12:49 am

Be safe right now, especially with this unpredictable weather. Your safety and the safety of your friend are most important, so making sure you return is #1, even if you have to cut it early. You’re insane to be doing it this time of year if the weather is cagey where you’re going, but that could be why I love you. Just take lots of precautions with the weather, and don’t push yourselves too hard.

Paula · February 28, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Excited to be reading your colorful descriptions of your next journey. Have fun, be safe, keep smiling. You will be on our minds.

Karen · February 28, 2023 at 11:20 am

I think that you proved that you are the honey badgers.

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