The Everyman Backpcking Adventure
This October one of the Original Sea Peptide Salties, Michelle Bitto, and I will go back to our roots and take on a 30-mile backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail in Big Bear, California.
This one will be a total speed trip, fit into 42 hours, including the drive from San Diego to and from Big Bear.
Adventures don't always have to be time-consuming epic quests. Anyone can fit an adventure into the space of a weekend. And to prove it, our adventure this year will start early Saturday morning and end late Sunday night-- time most anyone can carve out from their lives.
After an early morning, two-hour road trip to the trail, we'll hike 15 miles and make camp for the night in the mountains above Big Bear.
The next day we will go another 15 miles to a bus stop which will take us back to our car to fight through L.A. traffic. We will make it home late Sunday, but just in time to go to work tired and happy Monday morning.
Erin comes from a surfing background, moving through triathlons and on to long-distance swimming. She is now moving above the water to Stand Up Paddling. She spent last year training for the 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West. A few years before, she sailed solo 100 miles down the keys on a 22' Catalina and wrote about her adventures in the book, Islands and Insulin. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her sophomore year in college.
MICHELLE (FOURNEY) BITTO
Michelle is always up for an adventure. No matter when I might call or what crazy scheme I have come up with, she is right there to go along with me.
Michelle has been a type 1 since she was six. She has worked in the diabetes industry for five years. We've spent the last four years keeping each other excited as we meet for our weekly, (now bi-weekly since baby Bitto has arrived) workout sessions that range from Plyometrics at the UCSD field to surfing at sunset or running the hills at Torrey Pines, while always discussing the ins and outs of diabetes management and everything else that goes on in life.
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