It's nearly 2008. Three months till we hit trail. We've spent months in planning and preparations and are counting down the days to our departure. Our caches are stashed and buried in the desert - thirty buckets of food and almost 200 gallons of water. We've accumulated most of our gear and are finalizing the required permits for the trip. At times, I find it hard to fathom the magnitude of what lies in store. Eight-hundred and fifty miles of overland trails and route-finding; seven national parks and monuments; and weeks of wilderness and solitude. I can't imagine the changes that will take place on trail, within ourselves and the world around us. I guess only time will tell. Stay tuned. . .