Last October, I was informed by a local bookstore owner in Eugene, OR of a new anthology created to benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association. At the time, the two-volume anthology hadn’t yet been released, and I made a mental note to look it up when I got the chance.
This blog has been our PCT compilation, a space to connect our stories with the journey, and a place to share with a larger community. So when we were contacted by one of the editors, Rees Hughes, to share a few of our stories online at pcttrailsidereader.com, we happily obliged. Jacob and I rewrote, and reposted one of our Retrospective Stories, A Pass To Remember, as a first installment.
Many 2012 hikers have or are going to start this week, and it’s been a particularly poignant time for those captured by the hiking fever. So last week, I returned to that mental note and ordered a copy of The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California.
The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long-Distance Trail, edited by Rees Hughes and Cory Lewis, is a self-proclaimed literary pilgrimage-a true labor of love. This is a campfire where you sit arm and arm with historical and literary pioneers, fellow compadres of this long-trail, and stewards who work tirelessly to keep the trail alive. In “Wilderness Boundary”, Walter Able expounds upon the deeper connection people make when they venture out into wild lands. When the psychological threshold is crossed, and you have returned home. These books are that threshold to cross in the comfort of your home, or when you can’t venture out into the wild lands of your dreams.
For insight, inspiration, a campfire for stories, or just to take a mental walk in the woods, get the PCT Trailside Readers.