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Jo
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 13, 2013
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Sep 9th, 2013
Trip Distance: 488.7

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Entry Visits: 531
Journal Visits: 15,981
Guestbook Views: 1,391
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Smile Because It Happened!

I've been home a month, my brief escape to Paradise, receding in time but not from my thoughts.

Many people helped me but there were several that I met through the Internet because of Mr. Cody, and they made this trip possible:

Chris, who ferried me from the Denver Airport to the Trailhead and then walked with me the first 8 miles of the trail;
Thaddeus, who rescued Mr. Cody when his paws were hurting, looked after him and returned him to me when he was well enough to continue; and
Rob, who made not one, but two re-supply trips from his home in Alamosa. He also provided morale support for me when the weather became particularly difficult just before Molas Pass.

Finally, there was Paul, who I met three years ago on the CDT in Montana, who provided a re-supply stop and so much more.

There was so many other people I met along the way who helped me, people I will never meet again, but whose kindness I plan to pay forward.

I consider it a privilege to have the strength and health to walk 500 miles alone. If the trail had not ended and I did not have other obligations, I could have, would have continued. Is life not about the journeys we choose?

On the trail, one is focused on the present: where am I, what do I have to eat, where will I sleep, will the weather hold? Thoughts are not deep, at least for me. I spent a lot of time keeping my mind quiet and I miss that.

Some observations--
There is a lot of serendipity on the trail--magical moments--gifts of coincidence. I suspect these gifts are around me every day, but I do not see them; on the trail they are hard to miss.

People can be so kind; I was the recipient of many acts of kindness all the time--maybe grumpy people don't walk in the wilderness.

I thought I would get lonely, but I found I enjoyed the solitude.

I enjoyed the travelers I met along the way, all so very different. I enjoyed talking to people I would never meet in a normal day, much less spend time with. Our common ground, the hike, united us.

I did not solve any problems, but having time to think them through, I gained internal clarity.

If I could, I would leave for another walk today. Instead, I will keep Dr. Seuss' wisdom close my heart: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened"

Until next year!



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The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more: www.coloradotrail.org

 

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