Weekend reading: The Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is calling to me. It’s been a quiet voice in the back of my mind for a long time. It started as a whisper. Now it’s more like a scream. I’m entranced by the idea of hiking from Mexico to Canada.

I won’t be doing it this year. (Has anyone every hiked the PCT with a 3-year-old?) So, while I’m dreaming a scheming until I actually can do the trail, let me share my obsession with you.

First up, this couple took a photo of their tent every night on the PCT. Great montage. And fabulous music.

Next up, here’s a time lapse of the trail from 2013.

The Pacific Crest Trail (Three Second Thru-Hike) from Halfway Anywhere on Vimeo.

Here’s a hiker, Kolby Kirk, who made a montage of himself along the trail. He lost 90 pounds on the trail. (Watch it to the end.) Kirk also did the illustrations for the documentary “Mile … Mile &A Half” about the John Muir Trail.

Condor’s PCT Adventure in 3 Minutes from Kolby Kirk on Vimeo.

Speaking of “Mile … Mile &A Half,” it’s a great documentary. I’ll have a review of it next week. In the meantime, here’s a trailer.

Finally, here’s a (long) video of Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild,” speaking and reading. In “Wild,” Strayed documents her trip on the PCT. (If you skip ahead to 10 minutes you’ll hear her read the funniest part of the entire book. Seriously, I read it before falling asleep and laughed so hard, I woke up my husband.)

I’ve read “Wild” and enjoyed it. I also recommend “I Promise Not to Suffer.”

More in Life

Beer and cupcakes: Snohomish brewer, baker form unlikely duo

Pacific Northwest Cupcakes uses SnoTown’s brews to make beer-infused sweet treats.

Woodward Canyon Winery continues to weave masterpieces

Owner Rick Small uses grapes from vines he used when he made wine in his back yard in the 1970s.

Snohomish brewer flavors beer with chilies from mom’s back yard

Beer of the Week: Smoked rye forms sturdy foundation for SnoTown’s well-balanced Loose Rooster.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Dash to Diamond Knot: Flying Unicorn Racing is teaming up with Mukilteo’s… Continue reading

Marysville theater stages Noel Coward’s timeless ‘Blithe Spirit’

The cast and crew at the Red Curtain Arts Center do a fine job with the 1940s British play.

Stringed instruments get workout at Cascade Symphony concert

Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” is the orchestra’s first concert of the season.

Animating Van Gogh paintings proves to be trippy yet flawed

“Loving Vincent” relates the circumstances of the great painter’s death.

Leno, Short and others reminisce about David Letterman

By Geoff Edgers / The Washington Post A few observations about David… Continue reading

Most Read