It’s about the journey…

IMG_3073_3I had the pleasure of spending Thursday afternoon with the Sinclair family, as they moved forward with preparations to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Kirk Sinclair (the Humanity Hiker) was the amazingly thorough and talented line editor as well as proofreader of To Dance in the Rain; I’m forever grateful!

He and his wife Cindy with their daughter Charissa will set out on the six month trek to hike the PCT on June 18th. The logistics involved with this type of endeavor are staggering. While visiting to discuss the particulars of driving Charissa’s car from Olympia, WA to San Diego in early September, Kirk roped me into a couple of hours of repacking boxed food items for more efficient storage and transport for the journey. What an enjoyable afternoon!

The Sinclair home is filled with love, laughter, joy and hope; every minute is a celebration of life.

Cindy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last fall. This was truly a devastating find, although an answer at long last to her unexplained deterioration over the past several years.

This unprecedented journey will add to Cindy’s current distinction among the ranks of thru-hikers. She was the first woman to successfully thru-hike the continental divide in 1985. She is truly the “expedition woman”, as her family calls her. Having already hiked over 11,000 miles to date, completing the PCT will take that number close to 14K. This is something that she has always wanted to do, and will now become another item to be checked off of her ‘Bucket List’. Carrying out activities of daily living has already become a challenge for Cindy, so this will add to the energy expended by both Kirk and Charissa.

I would encourage all FB friends, on my personal site as well as on the To Dance in the Rain site to keep this courageous family in your thoughts and prayers. This historic trek will also become a means to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, and invite you to consider donating to the research being done at the University of Maryland. The link to The Exercise for Brain Health Research Fund is

While Kirk, Cindy and Charissa are hiking, it is also possible to send off some treats, baked goods (extra points for chocolate) or even a note of encouragement as they make their way south through Washington State, Oregon and California along the PCT.

I will be posting a schedule of points along the route where a treat for body, mind or spirit may be sent. You can also check out more specifics at

Thank you to all of my friends, and Godspeed to Kirk, Cindy and Charissa!

One comment

  1. Thanks for the wonderful story, Clare. You certainly contributed to that laughter in the time spent with us. The actual donation page for the Exercise for Brain Health Research Fund is at

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