Hello, from Northern California. Situated along the Siskiyou Trail, Redding was a trade and travel route connecting California’s Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. My name is Wendy Adams and I am Jon Adams’ mother. When Jon was a young boy he loved the Ninja Turtles, basketball and playing video games. Our family weekends were filled with athletic events, juggling between softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. Back then if you were to tell me that this young man would grow up to be a college scholar, world traveler, and one of the founding members of the San Diego PCT Sloggers I guess my response would have been to quote one of my favorite people…
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! ― Audrey Hepburn.
And it is with this philosophy that my husband and I embrace the SD Sloggers 2015 adventure. The one thing that I know how to do well is to cheer on the team from the sidelines. This NorCal mom is going to be the best darn cheerleader the Sloggers have ever seen.
Am I nervous or worried about the SD PCT Sloggers going on the trip?
Of course, a little. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. I was always nervous watching my kids playing the sports they loved. I take comfort knowing that they are traveling as a team and that Gary Funk is an experienced PCT journeyman. There is always some level of risks involved and at the end of the day the rewards far outweigh those risks.
What am I doing to prepare for their Journey? My training starts now, beginning with a task list.
- Educational training, learn at least one fact a day. I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but I honestly did not know about the Pacific Crest Trail until Jon started talking about his dream to slog it.
- Ask questions! This task has already been underway as Jon can attest to. I know the team has done their research and the more I know about their plan the more assurance I have that they are well prepared.
- Study the itinerary and create a map so that I can visually see their progress.
- On a personal note, I am committing to a healthier lifestyle. My husband and I have plans to camp with the group when they are in our region. It just makes sense to me that choosing to eat a healthy diet and commit to being more physically active is a great way to show my support from the sidelines.
Create a master calendar and try to stay organized. While the team is traveling there will be a lot of activities here at home. We have a family wedding the first of May, for example. Prepare to be flexible and ready to switch gears or plans at moments notice.
- Cheer them on! Using Facebook and Twitter will be a great use of social media to share with family, friends and fans.
- And lastly I will be there with my pompoms and noise makers when we gather to celebrate their successful journey home!