Closing Thoughts (October 11)
Almost a month since finishing the trail, and what sticks with me? Mostly an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I was able to go out on this journey.
I feel as if I walked through my version of Heaven on earth in the time I spent out on the PCT. A journey that encompassed so many things: new and good friendships, a strong community and a sense of belonging in it, the spontaneity of an unplanned day, countless opportunities and times for self-reflection, awareness, growth, acceptance, the wonder of seeing these remaining wilderness areas, the deep peace to be found in the beauty everywhere.
It was a precious time. I know I am going to miss it, but I’m comforted when I think of all that I carry on with me, and that it happened at all.
I remain thankful towards all whose efforts make a thru hike possible, from trail volunteers and maintainers who put in the work to keep up trails like the PCT, to trail angels who support thru hikers, to trail town business owners who treat hikers with patience and forbearance. Thank you to all who have followed my journey, for your words of encouragement, and for being interested and caring.
Happy Trails to each of you in your journeys.
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