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With the weather forecast so severe, we finally decided to go to Canada and
hike to the Monument at the border. We got up early this morning, ate a
quick breakfast, donned our rain gear and warm clothes and headed into the
cold wet day. The trail, marked in km cause it's Canada, was as wet as
Washington. It gradually climbed a hill then dropped slowly down into a
drainage where Monument 78 and the US/Canada border is. Aside from the
mist, rain, mud, and wet vegetation, it was a pleasant hike. As we dropped
down the hill, we could see new snow on the northern slopes. We saw no one
and had the border to ourselves for a bit. Eventually, 5 hikers showed up,
all finishing their section hikes. Congratulations all around. We took
photos. We dug the trail log out of the very heavy historic monument.
Here is what I wrote.
In 2010, I wrote in our journal: if the journey of 1000 miles begins with
the first step, how does a journey of 2650 miles start? Our hopes, fears,
dreams of adventure were all laid out in pre-trail jitters.
In all our imaginings, we never could have predicted how events would
Record snow; record drought; a spider bite; shingles; emotional ups and
downs; 110+ temps in northern Cal; the threat of arrest/fine in southern
Cal; unexpected angels; the Sauffleys, Andersons, Dinsmores; new friends;
support from family and friends. There was beauty beyond the ability of my
pen to express. The Sierras, Goat Rocks, Mt Jeff, the Sisters. Brilliant
sunsets from ridge top camps. Peaceful sunrises as we packed up camp.
Endless pattering of rain. The smells of deep forest.
Our lives are richer for this and so much more. As older hikers, we didn't
experience the personal growth that some younger hikers do. Instead, we
have stored experiences to enrich our later years. We are so blessed to
have done this.
And so glad to be done!
The hikers reported about 3 inches of snow on their tents this morning, and
steady cold rain for the past 6 days. I'm glad we did the hiking we did,
even with the missed section.