Dayhike on a long trail. I started day hiking in southern California, then one day happened upon the PCT. To see a sign that basically says hike this way and you’ll reach Canada in 2,000 miles was enlightening. That my feet had touched such a pathway opened a world of possibilities in my mind. What if I actually did it? Could I? This was the spark that took me from dayhiker to thru-hiker. Even if you’re out for only half a mile, on a long trail, you’re part of a bigger idea.
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