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Jay
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 14th, 2008
Trip Distance: 30.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 357
Journal Visits: 13,197
Guestbook Views: 312
Guestbook Entrys: 18

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Thanks

I woke up to a great sunrise this morning after camping on the east side of a ridge, and tonight, camped on the west side of a ridge, I saw a stellar sunset. My last sunset. On the trail, not in life. Oh the emotions!!! We’re camped 9 miles from the Canadian border, so tomorrow we hike out of the woods so to speak. Once we get to the border, we still have about 8 miles to get to Manning Provincial Park, which is a little depressing, having to still hike even though we made it to Canada. It’s funny that I’m so relieved to be done, but today didn’t really feel very different. I don’t feel done yet, but imagine I will tomorrow, in Manning Park, as I’m scarfing down celebratory restaurant food and beers.
As my last journal entry, I should probably list the obligatory thank-you’s and shout-outs, as in “this hike was brought to you by…” So lets see. I’d like to thank Jen Albinson for giving me a going away honey bear, which lasted until mile 650. Ken and Thad for their going-away watch present. Without its thermometer, altimeter, and compass, I wouldn’t have been asked so many questions about the temperature, altitude, or direction, and without its clock, I would have never known that I slept in too long. Stacy, my physical therapist, for I guess preparing my weak knees for such a beating. I don’t think I would have made it without her. My parents, for the plane ticket to San Diego, the lightweight binoculars, and not getting angry for missing Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and our annual family reunion. Derek Beauvais for naming me, or rather giving me a good idea for a trail name. Rick Ziegler for stealing pack of 20 AAA batteries from his office, keeping with the mantra that the two things in life you shouldn’t have to pay for are sex and office supplies (those of you who have never worked in office may not understand). The batteries kept my headlamp bright and my radio/music player rockin’ the entire trip. Speaking of music, thanks goes to Paul Peek for buying me a little AAA powered FM radio/music player. Listening to the same 13 albums over and over and over helped me get though some miserable days. My housemates in DC for allowing me to sublet my room for so long, and for handling lots of house logistics and business in my absence and without my input. And last but not least, but steadfast transcriber, Kate Farquhar, who not only so diligently typed my journal entries into the Internets, but also mailed me gear and treats when I needed them, allowed me to store stuff in her room for the summer, putting up with my incessant calling and dumb stories, and generally supporting me over the last 4 months. And for flying out to Vancouver to accompany me on my train ride home. I know I’m forgetting lots of other thank-yous, but I’ll get to them post-trip. My last night on the trail needs to be restful.
Goodnight.

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