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Heather "Peter Pan" Stabler
City: Columbus
State: Ohio
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 22, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Start: Manning Park
End: The Border Monument
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 2,408.0
Entry Lat: 50.113591
Entry Lng: -122.956227

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,020
Journal Visits: 51,240
Guestbook Views: 2,047
Guestbook Entrys: 41

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The End

I have been putting off writing this last entry. I am still processing the disappointing end to my hike. This past week has been the most exhausting of the whole journey-not physically but mentally. Starting with the difficult decision Hoop and I made turning around and hiking back to Snoqualmie through whether or not to day hike to the monument.

It turns out that not a single person that we know of made it through from Snoqualmie after the storm hit. Three hikers had to be rescued and the snow just kept piling up. I guess turning back was a good decision.

Then I decided to hike the last 60 miles through the snow to the monument. But when the eight hikers who left the day before I planned to leave, had to turn around, that plan was crushed.

Then we decided to do an alternate route/ road walk. But the group of hikers who had to turn back because of the snow, took the alternate and were turned away 30 miles from the border due to the government shutdown of National Parks. That was crushing all over again.

So then the question was, will driving to the border and day hiking the 16 miles to the monument give us any closure? I just wasn't sure how I would feel when I got to the monument. I loved it that all of PRT except Greenie who doesn't have a passport :( would have one last hike together. And I was happy to have one last day of hiking. But when I got to the monument I felt nothing. Well, I was cold, but mentally I felt nothing. Reaching the monument was supposed to signify victory. I don't feel very victorious.

The hike means something different to everybody who attempts it. My main goal was to hike from Mexico to Canada. I didn't do that. What I did do was have the experience of a lifetime. I saw views that were so surreal words just couldn't do them justice. I pushed myself to both the physical and mental limits. I met people with whom I developed a lifelong bond that I am proud to now call family. I was introduced to a community that has some of the most amazing, selfless and giving people I have had the pleasure to come across. To all the people who have been following my journey: I can't tell you how much your words of encouragement meant to me. They really went a long way in helping me push through some difficult days. In short, I have no regrets and will try to focus on the positive parts of the journey.

What's next? Road trip down to San Francisco with Dishcloth and Hoop Dreams. Fly home to Columbus and see all the people I have missed all summer. Attempt to reacclimate to society. Get a job. PCT do-over in 2015? Maybe...

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Heather's PCT Hike

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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