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David "Day-Late" Thibault
Begins: Apr 29, 2009
Date: Sun, Sep 13th, 2009
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 2,630.6
Entry Visits: 929
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Post hike Thoughts
It is tough to sum up a journey of over 2600 miles in a few words but I'll try anyway.
The PCT is such a diverse trail with sections in the desert, the valleys, the mountains, and the high mountains. I was told the trail goes through seven distinct ecosystems.
People invariably ask what section was your favorite. While there are sections that just seemed to resonate a little more than others I suspect the question is like asking a parent which child is there favorite. The answer is there can not be one. I found it is the trail in its entirety that I liked.
There were many difficult times and even some difficult days, but I find that those were only a small percentage of the trip. Also with time, the difficult parts fade and the wonderful parts dominate the memory - it a great trait that humans have forgetting the hardships.
I am going to attempt to take a few thing away from the trail. This is a paraphrase from what I wrote in the register at the trails end:
Marvel at the beauty that surounds you. Live your life simply. Live your life purposefully.
(from my peek)
Thru Hiking the PCT in 2009 (yes all 2650 miles)
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