Years ago, when I told my mother I was going to hike the AT, she put her hands on my shoulders, leaned in, and exclaimed: "That is bear country!". By "bear country", she meant the entire East Coast. When I told her I was planning on hiking the PCT, she promptly dubbed the entire West Coast, "bear country". (Apparently, flyover territory is bear-free.) The way my mother sees it, it's bear country, we just live in it.
Anyhow, this post is in tribute to my amazing mother. Without her, I couldn't have hiked the AT. And, I couldn't hike the PCT without her support either.
Happy Mother's Day to my mother, and mother's everywhere.