|Mom and Dad at the Pacific Crest Trailhead in Snoqualmie Pass|
Some of my favorite things that have changed since the early days of through-hiking are that my dad and his friends never slept in tents (unless there were bugs), they usually cooked on campfires instead of stoves, they carried books and a checkers board, and they had never heard of purifying water (or giardia). It is a little bit liberating to remember that we don't have to sleep in a tent when we're camping - if it's clear and warm, why not sleep outside? I think I will stick with my water filter though.
My dad has been typing up his trail journals and already has his Appalachian Trail journal online. Next up is his PCT journal.