My son and I shouldered packs and left late in the day for Little Jimmy trail camp. An hour drive and a few miles of southbound walking on the PCT led us to a sleepy spot in the pines, camping amongst a few PCT thru hikers. An simple local getaway to spend some time talking and sharing a fire.
My son was excited about the other hikers as I was explaining the history of the PCT to him on our walk in. Rounding a bend, we ran into Midnight Chocolate and three other thru hikers. After a short chat with them, my son was positively amazed that someone could walk from Mexico to Canada. I can see the gears turning in his head. Soon he says to me “I could totally see myself just checking-out and walking for a few months when I’m a little older.” I smile as I notice a renewed spring in his step, followed by a barrage of questions about PCT resupply, logistics, and other general info. I assure him we can start doing longer trips together. On our way out we met and walked with Baxter and Wildcat for a few minutes, a couple that further impressed thru hiking on him. He’s been talking about doing a long trip all day.