Tagged With: Northstar
July 8, 2015
Miller Creek (1122.6) to Squaw Valley chairlift (1142.7)
20.1 PCT miles today
1187.1 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 3,783 ft, – 2,661 ft
This morning I woke up with the thought “less is more” running through my mind, and in an instant I finally had the great idea to completely remove the new insoles I had put in my shoes before coming back out on the trail. They were the same insoles that had mostly worked for me in the High Sierras, only these ones were actually in my size, so I just assumed that meant they’d work even better. But after two days of constant pain, something had to give. I hadn’t considered removing them before because I didn’t have any insoles to replace them with, but this morning I realized that actually might be best. Perhaps all my feet need is to be left alone in a basic trail running shoe so they can do whatever adapting they do best. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. After a successful day of hiking, with significantly less pain than what I was becoming used to, it seems fairly obvious that I should have removed those insoles (the only variable in my hiking gear) when my feet first started hurting. In fact, now that I think about it, my PT friend Britt’s parting words to me regarding my feet were to listen to my body and do what felt right, making changes when necessary. Now I get what she was saying! I can’t say the pain completely disappeared today, but it lessened enough for me to forget about it for hours at a time and instead focus on memorizing wildflowers (a new hobby we are suddenly very taken with), catching glimpses of my dear Lake Tahoe, feeling fully alive in the midst of a ridge-top hailstorm, and standing in awe at the view below me from the top of Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
Welcome back! Nearly five months have passed since I wrote my last blog, but it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. By early December both Don and I were hard at work at our new jobs at Northstar and between various ski resort “high seasons,” the blossoming of new and wonderful friendships, and the development of our ski skills, we have kept ourselves incredibly busy. Above all, Don and I have devoted every spare moment to planning our upcoming adventures. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been as excited for the next stage of life as I am right now. In just 7 days Don and I embark on a whole series of wonderful adventures. First, we pack everything up and drive to Los Angeles in order to catch a flight to the tiny island of Mauritius for my best friend’s wedding. Then, after two weeks spent in paradise we begin a 4 to 5 month thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. We start in Campos, California (right along the border with Mexico) and hike 2,668 miles to Manning Park, Canada. My mother will help support us for the first 1,000 miles and we will send ourselves resupplies after that. When we complete our hike, we will move back to Tahoe, hopefully find our own perfect little home, and then get married at the end of October. We plan on returning to Northstar for another season, and are looking forward to having a bit more free-time for friends, camping trips, and hopefully lots of wonderful skiing…this time as a married couple!
I expected to write this blog from a tiny cabin in the woods, candlelight reflecting off my screen and a nice warm blanket wrapped around my shoulders. I imagined detailing my long days of work, and then somehow putting into words the fulfilled feeling I was getting from days consumed with wood splitting and puppy-dog tails. I truly looked forward to offering up the stories and perspectives of a rookie dog sled guide, and then of course bragging endlessly about my 18 sweet dogs – my relationships with them growing and improving in fun and enlightening ways.