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Anthony D'Ambrosio
City: Fairfield
State: CA
Country: US
Begins: Jul 16, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Sep 17th, 2016
Start: Old Williams Cabin Site
End: Papa's Cabin at Lott's Lake
Daily Distance: 7.7
Trip Distance: 492.1
Hours Hiked: 5
Daily Ascent: 2894
Entry Lat: 40.0210783
Entry Lng: -121.401392

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,319
Journal Visits: 14,044
Guestbook Views: 132
Guestbook Entrys: 19

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Fresh blackberries in my breakfast

Day 48

Day 48
Hello y'all!! Two days after finishing my hike I am finally sitting down to
write the last day's journal entry. I do this with very mixed emotions. I
am not really sure what or how I am feeling about being finished.
Excitement, joy, relief, emotional. But then there is another side of the
emotion that feels like, "Okay, I'm done. That was cool. Now what?" I don't
want it to be over just like that. There are a lot of memories and
experiences both by myself on the trail and with my daughters that will
last a lifetime. So... I guess I should start at the beginning of day 48.
As you can imagine, I didn't sleep very well last night. It is my last
night on the trail and tomorrow I get to my goal and walk in to Papa's
Cabin at Lott's Lake where my beloved Theresa awaits. And all the hearts go
pitter patter. I only have about 7.7 miles and 3K' elevation gain in the
morning. No worries because, like I mentioned earlier, my excitement is
high and that will carry me.
I didn't get up any earlier than normal. That was because I had maybe 5 hrs
of hiking left and the plan was to meet Theresa at the cabin for lunch. I
didn't want to be early. I had picked a bag of fresh blackberries last
night to add to my oatmeal and it was great. I hit the trail a little
before 8am and immediately started climbing. I began to recognize some of
the land features around me and quickly had my bearings. So much so that I
knew I could cut off a lot of time if I just bushwhacked straight across
the Chips Creek gorge and straight up the backside of Lott's Lake by
following the lake outlet. However... it's rough and steep and the wise
thing to do is stay with the plan. But, where's the fun in that? Okay
Tony. Stick to the plan. Oh, alright. Onwards up the trail. I could sure
use a pair of wings right now.
So, I finally make the elevation gain and coming close to a place where the
trail comes close to the dirt road that will take me to Lott's. I had to go
off trail for a couple hundred yards and came out on the road according to
the plan and the map. With every step the excitement and the emotions
build. I step over the last little knoll and walk around the last tree and
turn down a little meadow that leads straight towards Papa's Cabin and
there at the end of the meadow, in camp chairs sits my son Luke, Theresa's
birth mom Paula, and Paula's husband Chris. I see Theresa come running
around the camper with her phone in her hand because, just before I start
walking in to camp, she gets up and leaves to check the Spot and find out
if I am getting close to camp. Lia, our dog takes off running towards me. I
think originally after a stranger but then I can see in her mannerism that
she recognized me and came in for a hug. Theresa is recording the whole
thing even through during and after I head straight for her and the hug I
have been so desperately missing. I got hugs from everyone, took off my
pack, put it down and was invited to a pulled pork lunch with all the
fixins. How wonderful to finish the hike with so much support. Not only
from these four great people but from you who have been reading my journal
and following our adventure. I am so grateful for the posts the texts and
the emails throughout the trip. Thank you!

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