The Walking Wimbergers, Tacoma siblings Elena and Gus, spent the last week avoiding forest fires, scrambling for water and piling up mile upon mile of the Pacific Crest Trail.
All in all, the duo – along with Elena’s boyfriend, Carter Chaffey – have hiked more than 700 miles north from the Mexican border. And as Elena says on this week’s blog, there have been personal discoveries.
“At the very essence, thru-hiking is just putting your nose to the grindstone and not letting even a smidgeon of doubt that you won’t finish the trail, or the thought that you’d rather be doing something else, enter your mind. A unique experience it is,” she wrote.
The trio is through the Southern California desert segment, on which Gus dubbed the sun the ‘evil orb,’ and into the Sierra Mountains. Though they’ve largely avoided major injury – Carter did miss a few days with a knee sprain – pain is part of the journey.
And so in human kindness.
“One of my favorite parts of the trail so far has been the unsolicited, genuinely random acts of kindness that we have experienced over the past month,” Elena wrote. “Whether it be Trail Angels or Trail Magic, or other generous people that are willing to take dirty hikers into their homes, or the people who pick us up as we are hitching into resupply towns, it has been humbling and inspiring to be treated so well by total strangers.”
Take a look at their blog, full of marvelous details of the journey. It’s almost enough to make the more sedentary among us wish to join them. Almost.