Very early on in my hike, I was hitchhiking into the town of Idyllwild to wash my clothes and buy some food for the next section. As soon as I put my thumb out, the very first car ...

Very early on in my hike, I was hitchhiking into the town of Idyllwild to wash my clothes and buy some food for the next section. As soon as I put my thumb out, the very first car I saw instantly pulled over, and I met Melissa. We had a pretty great conversation, which then turned into breakfast, and then snowballed into a full day adventure. We drove a few hours out of town to see the Salton Sea (weird place) and then off down a dirt road to hike in a canyon near Joshua Tree, in which we got totally and utterly lost but somehow made it out alive (just). I learned a lot that day, not only from Melissa and her fascination with geology and trees and plants (as you can see here) but also on the importance of spontaneity and letting yourself be swept away by random chance. Just to see where it takes you. It forces you to live in the moment. Hitchhiking was one of my favourite aspects of the PCT, because you are totally on the cusp of random chance. You give up all control and are

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Sam @xsamster

This is so beautiful, Greg! I’m so inspired by your experience.

Patrick Mohr @flip_mohr

We all need that kind of trust in humanity. That kind of trust takes bravery!

cakır @111cak

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