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City: Kirkland
State: Washington
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Sep 17th, 2012
Start: Hopkins Lake mile 6554
End: Manning Park mile 2669
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 2,619.0
Hours Hiked: 6
Min Elevation: 3800
Max Elevation: 6100
Entry Lat: 49.063727
Entry Lng: -120.78546
Min Temp: 34
Max Temp: 74
Breaks: 3
People Met: 1

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 867
Journal Visits: 70,213
Guestbook Views: 53,224
Guestbook Entrys: 32

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Finished!

Excited to get on the trail, 6 miles to the border and 9 more to Manning Park. I woke to a beautiful cloudless sky without any moisture from the night. I left my beautiful lake campsite atl0700 and hiked a nice downhill trail for 6 miles. The trail almost immediately turned into a forest walk. It seemed it only took a little while to make the border. I arrived at 0850 hrs to a cold canyon monument. I filled out the register and took some pictures. Instead of putting on cold weather gear I decided to hike out in order to stay warm. Canada's 9 mile trail is also a forest walk, the last 5 miles of which are plush trails, very wide and soft. I emerged from the wilderness at 1245 hrs and road walked to Manning Park to get a room. It is a gorgeous warm sunny day in Manning Park. The compound has a lodge, resturant, and store, all of which are fairly unoccupied. Over at the lodge the very nice staff congratulated me and gave me a nice room. I showered and napped, then did laundry and had a late lunch of a french dip, salad and large milk. I walked right by the ice cream freezer in the store as well as all the other high fat items, I'm done with that for a while.
I am now reflecting back on the experiences I encountered on the trail, the enormity of the task I completed and how glad I am I can rest now.
To my family and friends that gave me positive support and kept me in their prayers I am so thankful for you. I feel I am a stronger, better man both spiritually and physically after enduring the trail which is in itself a forge of soul and body. I am grateful for the friends I've met on the trail and the common bond we all shared during this trek. I am amazed that I have actually accomplished this task as I reflect back upon it. No I'm not ready to do it again, ask me in about a year when my feet are happy again. Tomorrow I'll catch the Greyhound bus to Vancouver followed by the train to Seattle and a bus home. We'll see how the connections go as I just winging thus one, no pre-purchased tickets

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"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do." (Mark Twain)

 

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