Paul and Dee here, we are retired from the California State Park System , specifically from working in the public safety arena on southern California beaches. We have been active outdoors people for most of our lives, however life sometimes gets in the way of living and contributed to unplanned weight gains by the time we retired. As former premier athletes, we knew we needed to get back in shape, as opposed to just being a shape. So with five years to spare before we retired, we had an epiphany whilst seated on our couch (most likely eating chips and salsa) and watching a PBS special on “America’s Scenic Trails”. It is here that were introduced to the practice of long distance hiking…on purpose (not because you got lost). A seed was planted, and an idea was born. When we retire, we will hike the PCT…we’ll have the time, how hard can that be? While most of our athletic talents and abilities are water related, recreating on land was sort of new to us, with the exception of regular fishing, diving and back country hunting trips that have allowed us to keep our freezer full of fresh venison, lobster, abalone, salmon and halibut. (Our kids grew up spoiled with fresh game). Back packing however, and walking miles upon miles every day for months was something completely different. As we looked into it further, and began to read hiker’s blogs, that seed began to take root and actual planning began. Before we retired, we completed thru-hikes of the Trans Catalina Trail (TRT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT), and two forays into the Grand Canyon. Each adventure was not without mishap and significant learning curves. The general theme being that Dee often has problems with gravity and negotiating terrestrial objects (aka.. clumsy). She is much better in an aquatic environment. Nonetheless, she is not one to shy away from a challenge and luckily Paul is fleet of foot and was/is there to dust her off…once he’s finished laughing of course. Since our successful completion of the PCT in 2014, we have definitely caught the thru-hiking (or long distance hiking) bug.
We invite you to follow our journeys and share our adventures… as we live our motto of “You can Wonder all you want, or you can Wander and find out.“