At the end of 2019 I wrote a piece for She Explores entitled A Life With No “Maybe Laters”: The Ripple Effects of Starting (& Quitting) the Pacific Crest Trail.
Although I left the PCT before completion, I have felt the reverberations of my time on it far past the moment I took my two aching feet off trail. The hike itself was the small, soft splash of a pebble into the water. The ripples are what I feel each day—the lessons I knew I had immediately learned, and those that I uncover quietly and gently each day that passes since starting, and leaving, the PCT.
The full article can be read here. All photographs in the article are my own.