Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Several years later....

Hello all,

Two and a half years after our hike, I've been looking over this blog today as Dan and I prepare for the birth our first child.  Found a few interesting links that I'd like to save on this blog:

The "official" PCT 2012 "class video."  This was presented at the Kickoff the following spring!

Also, when I was almost 36 weeks pregnant, Dan and I had the pleasure to attend the Hollywood premiere of the movie Wild.  Here is the trailer to the movie!

Happy hiking, everyone!
Marina Eisenbud

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Off the trail

We skipped ahead to Ashland shortly after the last blog post, and hiked for a few days in a heat wave, with a string of big wildfires behind and ahead of us.  But we (I in particular) had lost momentum and wanted to do some other non-PCT traveling for the rest of my leave from work, so we ended up getting off the trail, seeing some Shakespeare in Ashland, going to a bunch of Oregon's many brewpubs for a few days, and then driving down the coast back to Berkeley.  I hiked about 1285 miles, and Marina hiked 850ish in total.  It was a great trip, and we're looking forward to doing more pieces of the PCT over the next few years.

Right now we're still in Berkeley, planning some more travel adventures this fall.  We might blog some more about our travels here, or at least put a pointer to a new travel blog if we start one.

As always, happy trails!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Skipping ahead to Ashland, and photos from Mammoth to Bucks Lake

We're about to head to head to Ashland today and hit the trail again tomorrow.  We're skipping ahead far enough that we have an extra week to get to Canada, but we're really going to just hike and have fun and not worry about schedule as much for now.

Here are some photos from the stretch from Mammoth until we got off the trail, with a few non-trail photos from exploring Mammoth with Carlo and Francesca at the end.  Full album here.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lots of news

Lots is new since our last post.  The biggest and happiest news first: we're getting married!  I proposed to Marina just after Sierra City over lunch, and she said yes.  We're both very excited.

Also just after Sierra City, we started to see a huge plume of smoke in the distance.  My knee also began to hurt more and more again.  We eventually decided to take a break at a B&B near Bucks Lake, 20 miles before Belden.  There we found out that there was a giant wildfire ahead, and we'd have to skip to Chester.  We took a full day off, got a ride to Quincy, and took a bus to Chester.  I went to a doctor there who told me I probably had a torn meniscus, which worried me a lot.  We decided to come back to the Bay Area to check it out.  Our friends Carlo and Francesca drove up, explored Lassen with us for a day, and dropped us off in Berkeley last Sunday.

Fortunately, the real knee specialist I managed to see on Monday told me that I just had tendinitis (of the group of tendons called the pes anserinus), not a torn meniscus.  After a week of rest, ibuprofen, and icing, it feels pretty good.  We are figuring out when and where we want to get back to the trail (we don't have time to start where we left and make it before the snow, probably) and will post another update once we're sure about that.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New PCT photos from Marina's phone


Today, during our zero in Sierra City, I got enough computer time to organize and share all my personal cell phone photos from the PCT. So, please enjoy some new photos!  I put them into a Picasa album.  

You will see my photos from the Kickoff and Lake Morena, and then starts again in Detroit Airport on my flight to LA, when I rejoined Heavy (Dan) on the trail in Agua Dulce. Please click here to view the album, which is public.


Sierra City - PCT Hikers are a different breed!

And here is another gem from Ashland Daily Tidings.  I do agree with most of this article!


Yes people, that's 7000 calories per day.

Sierra CIty: Trail Angels, S. Lake Tahoe Recap, and where to mail us next

Hey y'all!  This is Cheers here.  We are enjoying our time here in Sierra City, where we are staying at the Red Moose Inn, a hiker-hostel type place that's operated by trail angels Bill and Margaret Price.

A lot of you have told me that you are interested in the idea of trail angels.  I am catching up on the internets, and found this interesting article in the Ashland, Oregon paper, which has a weekly series on the PCT.

We have really appreciated the help of all the trail angels we have met along the way, including all the people who have given us food - on and off the trail.  

In particular, we want to thank our friends Sarah D., Natalya E. and John O., who were total troopers last week when they drove up from SF to meet us for our zero day in South Lake Tahoe.  Instead of a calm, relaxing weekend at the lake, they got an insane day of errands and shopping.  Thank you guys for driving us around, helping us shop (including going to 3 stores to find a cute new hiking outfit for my new skinny hiker body), and cooking us delicious food (that lasagna was delicious, Sarah!)  

We also want to thank our friends Adam and Eric, who provided the accommodations for all of us - we stayed Tahoe house.  It was great to stay at the same house where we've come to ski many, many times in the last few years.  This was as close to home as we get on this trip, both in distance and in sentiment, and we did manage to relax by Fallen Leaf Lake at the end of our crazy zero day, in addition to buying and mailing ahead food for a total of 14 days.  Plus, our friends got to see thru-hiker resupply planning in action - crazy!

After leaving Tahoe, we decided to add one more mail resupply for Northern California.  We are going to Drakesbad Ranch!!!!  Check it out: http://www.drakesbad.com/
I, for one, am very excited about my first planned zero day ON THE TRAIL, at a place I've dreamed of visiting for a few years now.  We have found resupplies in town to be stressful as we have to run around and buy lots of food instead of relaxing and staying off our feet.  Drakesband is a fancy resort that's located within the boundaries of Lassen National Park, with a hot springs, pool, a massage therapist (!!!!) , and delicious meals for guests (at 50% discount to PCT hikers) all on site. Added bonus: no shopping needed.  A little bit of stress yesterday to buy and send out this mail drop means we can relax and enjoy our time at Drakesbad, where we hope to be in about a week or so.

We plan to be in Ashland on or after 8/22, which is our first Oregon stop, and we plan to take a zero day there!  If you'd like to send us a postcard, a letter or a package, here is the mailing address: 

D. Eisenbud and M. Brevdo - PCT Hikers 
c/o Callahan's Lodge
7100 Old Highway 99 South
Ashland, OR  97520

Please jot down our ETA (8/22/12) on the front of the box, along with our last names.  More info on their website here: 

This place is on our way into Ashland itself, from where we will buy and mail ourselves food for the rest of Oregon (probably 5 resupply packages!).  If you send us snail mail, as always, please be sure to email us to let us know ahead of time, so we know to look for it once we get to Callahan's. 

Thank you again if you've either sent us or plan to send us packages.  Current craves: Trader Joe's anything, especially their dried bananas and toasted pine nuts; salmon or tuna packed in OIL (not water!) in foil pouches; dehydrated salsa from KillerSalsa (we tried this in S Lake Tahoe), lower-sodium, high-protein dehydrated meals for dinner, and non-peanut butter sources of protein for lunch that mail well, such as almond/hazelnut butter and powdered hummus.  And, as always, dark chocolate.