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Begins: Apr 15, 2010
Date: Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Start: Hopkins Lake
End: Manning Park, Canada!!!
Trip Distance: 271.0
Entry Visits: 823
Journal Visits: 26,647
Guestbook Views: 768
Guestbook Entrys: 48
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Well... The good news is- we made it! What a mixed bundle of emotions we are feeling.
Bacon had been talking big about getting up really early and running to the border. But, for once, I was up first and ready to go before him. He really lingered in his sleeping bg, I think partly in reluctance of finishing.
We did hit the trail early. It was a foggy morning and cool, but it was dry. We walked most of our last two hours in silence. I was deep in thought, contemplating the trip, thinking about what I would do when I get home, and imagining what I would miss most.
We knew the trail ended with a few short switchbacks. When we hit the first one we ddn't immediately realize that this was it (It came faster than we expected). But then we saw it- the border marked by a wide strip cut in the trees. Bacon immediately ran ahead, with me fast on his heels.
A few minutes later I saw it through the trees- the monument. I started yelling and running and jumping up and down and crying all at once. I made it there just behind Bacon. Kiwi and Curley soon followed. We celebrated, took photos, and hung out for about an hour.
Our reward for making it to Canada? An eight mile walk to Manning Park. By this point, I felt done. My feet were raising hell and I was ready to-stop walking. But a few more hours of walking was nothing in the grand scheme.
Manning Park was a bit of a let down... A restautant which had less than mediocre food and no beer. The bar was closed for the off season. At least the lodge is nice and there is a hotbtub.
Whiffle Chicken came in this evening.
So, after many days, weeks, and months... Beautiful scenary, mountains, raging creeks... Bears, mountain lions, and marmots... Laughs, tears, and exhaustion... Friends, trail angels, and kindness from strangers... Snow, rain, and blue skies... I reached my destination. My adventure on the PCT has drawn to a close. It has truly been the trip of a lifetime. I have grown and changed in so many ways...
I will plan on writing another follow up when I am not as "shell-shocked'" and hopefully share an online photo album of some sort.
Tomorrow its off to Vancouver on a greyhound then on to WI the 13th.
So long, Pacific Crest Trail. It's been a hell of a 5.5 months. Thanks for the meories!
Sent on the go from my Peek
To see where we are and track our progress- see Bacon's journal (under "Spot location") www.postholer.com/courtc