• jayt1122

Great Day

I had a great day taking care of laundry and supplies. I had to go to the post office that was three miles away. As I started to walk into town, I met Deputy Rudy Vallejo of Quay County Sheriff Department. He saw me in a post from a friend Deputy that I had met the other day. Rudy gave me a Gatorade, funds for the widow and orphans fund and a ride to the post office.

I am so inspired by law enforcement officers like Rudy. In addition to his job, he is a volunteer wrestling coach and volunteer firefighter. The way he talks about his community and helps is awesome. I was honored to meet an officer that exemplifies what law enforcement does. These encounters validate what this journey is all about.

Best of all was the meal he recommended at the Cornerstone Restaurant, raviolis with green chili’s. It was very good.

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I have recently retired after 30 years in law enforcement and a few years in the private sector. I have always enjoyed walking form place to place.  One of my favorite assignments was working overtime in our tourist area.  It was a blast to walk around for about 7 hours throughout the Downtown area.

In 2016, I read a book, "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge.  In November of 2016, I decided to do my "walkabout" with God from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles.  I had a blast walking along the Pacific Coast.  It was a beautiful experience.  I learned so many things on this walk.  The main lesson was God was talking to me, I just was not listening.  He was there with me on my walk, I just was not realizing the signs.

I have always been intrigued about walking the PCT, AFT, the Continental Divide and Appalachian Trial.  The one trip that stuck out with me was walking across the United States.