Pam LeBlanc loves trees and tents and backpacking. Shes headed to California to backpack the John Muir Trail. Photo by Chris LeBlanc

This is it.

Im winging my way to California on Saturday and will take the first steps on a long-awaited backpacking trip on Sunday.

If all goes well, Ill spend the next 16 days backpacking most of the John Muir Trail, which starts at Yosemite National Park and finishes at Mount Whitney.

Want to follow along?

LeBlanc will be eating lots of dehydrated food, including these fruit from Crunchies. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

My husband and I will carry a DeLorme inReach satellite communication device, so we can let friends and family know were safe even when were out of cell phone range.

Well make daily updates on a map here, so you can track our progress.

I wont be able to blog until after I get off the trail on Sept. 5, although I may be able to post a few words to the Fit City page on Facebook at using the DeLorme, so check there.

Other than that, Im out of here.

Bring on the dehydrated meals, the tents, the water filtration straws, the 11 mountain passes, the snuffling black bears, the skinny dipping and the dirty clothes.

Be good, people. And stay fit!