It seems that Fall is in a real hurry to wrap up this year. About a week ago, leaves were noticeably turned. I enjoyed my daily forays into town to run errands or pick kids up from school. Then I come in today and it seems that God took a leaf blower and blasted every last one of them to the ground. I'm not complaining, I am just saying, it was rather abrupt. Although, still very fun to swerve and drive through the swirling banks of yellow and orange and brown piled up along the sides of the streets. Trunks line the lanes adorned with Halloween decorations, their branches creak overhead, newly exposed so the wood yet blushes.
I have been heralding in the new season by baking. On today's agenda: carrot pumpkin muffins, with a cup of shredded pineapple to taste. I have also been working on developing a peach tea, mainly because there is a massive box of peaches in the bottom of my refrigerator.
I was speaking with Gay the other day about the place I am in my life, this whole "early 20s" business. She extrapolated on, what I can only hope to fully comprehend in a few years, how I am in a period of transition.
Now, we all understand that we have varying layers of emotional sensation. Like currents. Some run deep and steady, some cavort about on the surface and then disappear forever. Well, Gay's explanation focused my sight (one of her uncanny gifts) bringing into relief one of the deeper currents which has been running in my consciousness through this "transitory" period. I recognize it from pre-pubescant and early teen years. I have been here before. It is interesting to observe a sensation from such a different perspective. I know I am a grown up because I can say, a decade sure makes a huge difference.
I am tempted to go on about the weather up here, but I am still just starting to work the words around it to try to convey it appropriately. Mainly my focus is the sky up here, the vast tracts of heaven, pressing so low and wide. I am learning about cloud identification.
In regards to the PCT: I have begun reading through the Pacific Crest Trail Association's three guide books. Learning what kind of terrain to expect and what kinds of resources are going to be available. I am beginning a list of the towns where I plan to stop and resupply. I am still working through Southern California and it seems my biggest challenge is going to be water supply (I know, big surprise). It seems that it really depends on how the seasons have treated the area. How much snow fall comes down this year and the likes, so I will be keeping an eye on that.
That is all from the High-lines today. Best to you all.