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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 10th, 2017
Trip Distance: 2,489.4

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Entry Visits: 107
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Guestbook Entrys: 17

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Going Home

In three weeks we return to New Mexico to continue our journey to the Mexican border. We started from Canada in 2009 from Waterton Lake with our youngest son, Sam, and now we will finish the final 280 miles with our oldest son, Dennis. This seems fitting somehow. The circle complete. Dennis has not been on a long hike in years and we are all excited to be together on the final leg of this particular journey.

So much has happened in the intervening years—detours, reroutes and delays have changed the trail and also my life; I am no longer the person that I was then. The one thing that has remained constant through the years is the journey. I fear I will be lost without it. For now, I am staying in the moment, I do not want to think beyond what is now, it’s so very precious and will be over too soon.

I think about all the people I have met who see the trail as something to be completed—to me it has always been about the journey and I will be sad to see it end.

The Peace of Wild Things

“When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Wendell Berry

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