Yesterday, I randomly decided to take a break from my drive along the Pacific coast in a city called Depoe Bay, Oregon.
I sat in my Jeep for a good 30 minutes to take in the incredible view of the ocean and to catch up on my journaling because I haven’t done so since I was in Canada a couple of days ago. As I finished journaling, I decided to grab some food at one of the places located behind where I parked. I saw a sign for clam chowder located on one of the restaurants but for some reason I didn’t feel it was a good idea to go there but I did want chowder. I looked a little to my right and saw a place that looked really good and definitely caught my attention – Gracie’s Sea Hag. Ha! I went into Gracie’s and had myself a bread bowl full of awesome clam chowder.
Just as I was finishing up my chowder bowl about to ask for the check, a man walks in and sits by me at the bar.
He asked me if I had any good recommendations on the menu and I told him it was my first time eating at Gracie’s and I’m not from the area. He asked me where I’m from and what brought me into town. I told him that I’m from California and that I just drove all the way up to Canada for a day and now I’m driving back down to California but taking the scenic way back.
For a moment, I felt proud about explaining my accomplishments, that was until he shared his accomplishments that put my ego in check: He hiked the entire PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) up to Canada from Mexico in 2014, which is about a 2,700 mile hike through California, Oregon and Washington. Then he hiked the entire CDT (Continental Divide Trail) in 2016 from Mexico to Canada, which is 3,000+ miles through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
His name is Jason Evans.
I actually didn’t believe anything he just told me until I googled Jason Evans PCT and was blown away. Yep, that’s him! He hiked both trails to raise awareness for a genetic disorder called Huntington’s disease, which runs in his family.
I spent a few hours getting to know him, what Huntington’s disease is, learned about all the cool shit him and his family have accomplished over the years and stories of him on his hiking adventures. It was incredible to say the least and Jason is definitely a huge inspiration to me now.
As much as I wanted to hang around and learn more about Jason and his family, I had a strong feeling that it was time to get back on the road. So we exchanged contact information and parted ways.
Once I got back on the road, I thought to myself, “Wow, I just met someone who hiked the entire PCT right after I had a conversation with Lee Dunn from AreMyFeetOffTheGround in the comments section of my last blog post about the PCT and traveling alone.
If that isn’t a wink from the Cosmos, I don’t know what is.
Thanks Lee, for bringing up Cheryl Strayed. Because if you hadn’t, I may not have thought about the PCT and I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with Jason. So cheers to you!
If you would like to know about Jason’s adventures on the PCT and about Huntington’s disease, check out articles on him here and here. You can also watch a slideshow about his PCT adventures on Youtube as well here.