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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 27, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Aug 21st, 2010

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Entry Visits: 1,433
Journal Visits: 50,462
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Guestbook Entrys: 93

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The Northern Terminus

CDT Completed!

After a snowy day hiking along the Highline trail this morning dawned bright. Descending from Fifty Mountain I reached Goat Haunt and the U.S. Customs officials. I got my Passport stamped! Then I was off to complete the final 5 miles to the international border. Waterton Lake is quite a beautful place to end a long trek. In fact the first thing I did when I reached the border is let out a holler and begin spreading out all my gear to dry! Just across the border into Canada is perhaps the greatest surprise. A brand new privy WITH toilet paper.. these Canadians are so thoughtful. Anyhow after marveling at the pristine structure sitting basically in between the two countries, and of course using the facility, I settled in to enjoy the occasion. Big clouds drifted over the lake and warm sunlight bathed the shore, water, and tremendous peaks and crags on the skyline. The snow from the day before still in evidence on the high peaks. Yeehaa.. I made it! It took a while for it to sink in. I could not get the top of the border monument to come off so I was not able to sign the register I assume must be inside. It's okay, I know what I did and the trail will forever be in my memory. So here are some pictures(Having trouble uploading pics.. I'll keep trying!) and I definitely have a lot more to post regarding Glacier National Park. Internet time is a bit scarce here and I wont have a T-Mobile signal here in Canada. I will return to this cafe again and transfer some posts I have on the Peek device. For now just know I have walked from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide Trail and I feel Great!

Okay this is an update. I decided to do the unthinkable and report to the RCMP post and declare my entry to Canada just to see what happens. Turns out to be no problem at all. They call over to Chief Mountain Customs, ask a few questions, take down my Passport number, and wished me a pleasant stay. Anyhow I am looking around at dayhikes in the Waterton area and have found some overnight camping near Red Rock canyon. Pretty funny huh! Here I just finished walking 2800 miles and I celebrate by finding ways to keep walking! I am heading over to Tamarack Outfitters now to find out about the free shuttle to and from Red Rocks as well as other hikes in the area. I will also find out about the Glacier shuttle into and out of Glacier from Waterton for my fellow NoBo hikers. I've been having a lot of trouble finding computers that upload my photos so further updates to my journal and the Glacier segment might have to wait for the time being. I must say I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to hike this spectacular trail and extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who made it possible for me to take this journey. Thanks: CDTS and Jim Wolf, The CDTA and volunteers, Yogi (PCT Handbook.com) Jonathan Ley(Plumfph.com) for his fantastic Maps, My Family and Friends for their support, Trail crews everywhere, My fellow hikers both Section and Thru, and all the wonderful, generous folks I met along the way!

Another beautiful day in Canada!

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Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org

 

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