How will you spend your summer vacation? Ten-year-old Reed Gjonnes will, hands down, have the most interesting back-to-school essay on the subject. She and her father, Eric Gjonnes, will spend the season hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650 mile trail that runs through California, Oregon, and Washington. Ambitious hikers make the journey between mid-April and early May, hoping to reach Canada by October. Salem’s Gjonnes will be making the trek from Canada to Mexico.
This makes the New York City trip I plan to take my 12-year-old daughter this July downright pedestrian in comparison — no pun intended. The amount of planning and preparation alone should be applauded. Important decisions are to be made including what’s the most proper, lightweight, and necessary gear to bring (remember: it all goes on your back) to how to meet the dietary needs of walking an average of 20 miles per day and potentially burning up to 6,000 calories each day. Check out this article on the Oregon Public Broadcasting site. Nate Appy spent some time with the Gjonnes and other hikers who will tackle the trail this season. Do you know anyone who has traveled the PCT? Have you? We’d love to hear about your experience.