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Daniel "Out of Order" Alvarez
City: Tallahassee
State: FL
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jan 10th, 2010
Start: Somewhere
End: Somewhere
Trip Distance: 636.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 626
Journal Visits: 42,661
Guestbook Views: 4,066
Guestbook Entrys: 146

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Thanks!

It' is hard to even conceptualize how many people I must thank for making this hike possible. The number is staggering. Thank you ex-law firm, you made the decision that I could not, but wish I had, opening up the door for 3,000 miles of adventure and teaching me that I shouldn't leave my life to chance in the future; Shirin for sticking with me along the whole trail even if it didn't work out once I got back, at least we gave it a shot and you are still my best friend; Jonathan Ley for creating and providing maps that kept me from walking circles until the buzzards found me somewhere in the New Mexico desert; Postholer for creating this website and making it so easy to submit journals; Sam Hughes for getting me to the trail head in that old 4WD of his; Gordon for the wonderful stories and encouragement on day two, I always looked for your van whenever I came near a road; Basil for bringing me ice cream on the road walk into Silver City and the side trip to the hot springs; Lost for teaching me how to get windmills working in the New Mexico desert; San Gabriel for teaching me how to beg for water along a highway; Willard and the other folks who stopped to give me water along the highway as I begged and tried not to die of thirst; Nita, Autumn, Jim, Kathy, Loren and everyone else in Pie Town for having hearts bigger than it seems possible to fit in the human body; the folks at the Circle A ranch for their wonderful hospitality and impromptu yurt building experience; Ghost Ranch for their AYCE meals; Dan and Jan for making sure my priorities were straight and pointing me towards Chimney Rock; Leprechaun and Laura in Chama and the awesome folks at the High Country with their unreal breakfast buffet including omelet station on Sundays; Debi and Keith (I think it's Keith!) for the fantastic conversation while I downed the 2lb burger and the ride back to the trail from Pagossa Springs, maybe we'll run into each other sometime in Tallahassee; Lucky and Muppet in Lake City who took me in like a long lost friend and almost had me convinced to move to Lake City; the folks at the Brazilian restaurant in Lake City for their fabulous positive energy and a fantastic meal; my crazy friends from the PCT who sent me the tiki party in a box, perfect timing as I came through the snow; the folks at Simple hostel in Salida, both guests and proprietors, it was great to get to know you all and, Elisa, keep searching for your passion, you'll find it!; Beef Stew and the Beef Stew family for meeting me in northern Colorado and inviting to spend a day in Denver with them; Margie and Bill (and Lauren!) thanks so much for taking me in and letting me recoup for a few days from Colorado's brutal snow and elevation and drive the jeep older than me to get ice cream; to the sheriff that gave me a ride in Wyoming instead of a ticket for hitchhiking; to the cops who gave me a bottle of water in the wee hours of the morning outside of Rawlins; to the folks at South Pass City and Maggie, who made sure I had as many sodas as I could drink; to Bounty Hunter and Figaro who let me sleep on their hotel room floor instead of in a ditch on the side of the road in Dubois; to the rangers of Yellowstone and their backcountry office who does their best to get all of us thru-hikers through the park legally; thanks to Melon Man and Hoosier who somehow saw me in a restaurant at Old Faithful and magically fixed a broken hiking pole that I would have been on my mind for the next two weeks; thanks to Peggy and her crew of hiking friends who brightened my day and then brightened my parents' day by sending pictures and writing a newspaper story about me, you captured the spirit of it all so very well; thanks to the folks in Lima who pick up us grungy looking folks and take us to town, I don't even want to think about what hitchhiking on the interstate would be like; thanks to Harold from Butte who I met on the road and who brightened my spirits, I owe you a phone call and will try to remedy that as soon as I can; thanks to Hallie and her friend (sorry, I forgot your name!) who took me in and out Butte, allowing me to walk the next twenty or so miles with a full pie in my backpack; thanks to Dad for coming to resupply me at Benchmark ranch, I don't even want to think about how hard that hitch would have been; thanks to the nice lady who gave me huckleberry pie on top of Tripple Divide Pass, I'm not going to forget that anytime soon; thanks to my parents who finished the trail with me, a moment I will always remember and cherish; thanks to everyone who gave me rides in and out of Chama, Pagossa Springs, Salida, Steamboat Springs, Encampment, Debois, West Yellowstone, Lima, Darby, Butte, Helena, Lincoln and any others that I'm forgetting off the top of my head, you took a chance on a scraggly stranger standing on the side of the road where so many others refused to stop; thanks to everyone who signed my guestbook, sent email or packages along the way, this can be a very lonely trail, but I always knew I was never truly alone; thanks to everyone who has worked their asses off to make the CDT the trail it is today, yea there are sections that are hardly there, but that's what makes it great, piecing together a 3,000 mile line across the United States is no easy task; thanks to everyone else who I've undoubtedly forgot to include in this list, I'm a forgetful person, but I do love and appreciate you! And thanks to you, anyone who read this long tale, for listening! Until we meet again on some other adventure! -OOO

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