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Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Date: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013
End: Manning Park
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Slept in a bit and then got the rest of my journals updated. Canadoug took another group of hikers (Sunshine, Wacka, Giddy Up, Kazu) up to Rainy Pass who were going to do the road walk down to Ross Lake. More group photos ensued. I searched the town for Cherub and then checked out of the hotel. An hour later, all the appropriate good-byes had been made and Canadoug and I were headed down the road Canada bound.
We crossed the border without too much trouble. Lots of questions about how we knew each other and when was the last time that I'd been to Canada. Despite the driving rain, the Okanagan Valley was beautiful and once we crossed into Canada we stopped at a fruit stand. Yum!
As we arrived at Manning Park, which I learned is like a US State Park, the snow was trying to come down. We drove around and found the trail head which is about 1 mile from the lodge. We got a room and then headed over to the restaurant for dinner. We just sat there in awe of the snow starting to fall heavily and coating the ground in white. This kind of weather makes it hard to get pumped for my monument attempt. But we'll see what the weather is like tomorrow morning and if I need to wait one more day, I can do that.
Just heard word that the groups of hikers that road walked to Ross Lake today were stopped and threatened with arrest if they proceeded to take the Ross Lake trail. So, it's anyone's guess as to what their next plan will be.
I am really happy to be here in Canada and to see their beautiful flag waving. It's been my goal for 5 months to get to Canada and here I am. I just sat in Canadoug's truck with a big smile on my face. My one last task.....monument hugs.
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