PCT • Day 147 • 2,652 miles
This trail changed my life. My thruhike attempt last summer fell flat and it broke my heart. I went home feeling grateful for the experience but ultimately dissatisfied in not reaching my goal. I spent months clawing desperately through my brain, searching for answers to where I went wrong. I couldn’t move on- the only thing that made sense was to try again.
I stood at the northern monument this morning having hiked roughly 4,050 miles on this little dirt ribbon that has taught me so much. I could try to spell it all out for you but I wouldn’t know where to begin. It feels like my cumulative eight months on trail has restructured my DNA. All I can say is thank you. Thank you to the trail angels who have shown me the type of kindness that blows my entire world open. Thank you to my fellow hikertrash for being the most reliable bunch to share a good laugh. Thank you to the PCTA for the endless work they do to maintain this monster trail. Thank you to my long distance trail angels who have hooked me the frick up with bountiful resupply packages (I’m looking at you @anastaszoe
) and words of encouragement. Thank you to my rockstar mom for being the #1
Trail Mom two years running. There was a contest, we all voted, and you won unanimously. To the people who have been following along via internet machine, your kind words have taken me this far. I’m filled to the brim with gratitude. I can’t believe it’s over, it doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’ll pack up my bag tomorrow morning and venture off into the woods I’ve called home for five months. Anyways, I’m really tired. I’m gonna go lay down now.