I have struggled to decide where this story (i.e. My explanation of what and why I’m doing what I’m doing) should start. I could bore you with details, timelines, and a lifetime of choices that have led me to this place. But that seems awful tedious, and not that interesting. SO, here’s the long and the short of it: I have a dear friend/travel buddy/soul sister that invited me to join her on her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. The timing fit, and it sounded like an amazing experience/way to transition from working full-time into grad school. So I quickly said “Hell yeah!” and committed to a (likely) crazy, transformative, terrifying, exciting, wild experience.