This summer Laura and I are going to be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Snoqualmie pass to Stevens pass. The PCT runs from the Mexican boarder up into Canada, the 70 mile stretch we're hiking is just a small portion, but it's said to be one of the most scenic. I haven't done an expedition like this since my first summer out of high school when I hiked in the Canadian coastal mountains with Young Life.
I'm looking forward to pushing myself farther then I thought I could go, finding out there's almost always more gas in the tank then I thought. Realizations like that are commonplace when you're way out in the wilderness like we're planning on being.
I'm also looking forward to a re-evaluation of the difference between "need" and "want" that can become so clear as you get farther and farther from a cell phone tower.
I'm also looking forward to redefining what it means to be living with stage 4 cancer. I really hope, even if it's just in some small way, I can be an inspiration to other people who find themselves in a situation similar to mine. Stage 4 is not the end, people. If you think about it right, it can actually become the most rewarding thing to ever happen to you. It certainly has for me.