One year ago today I began my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. To say the journey changed my life would be a beautiful paradox, both dramatic and understated. These memories are incredibly rich, each weighted with its own significance and impact on the trajectory of my life.
On trail, time treated me like a friend, extending moments, repeating sunrises, and pushing me gently into growth as I continued north.
Water moved me towards discipline and wisdom in time of desert, flooding, and snow. She commanded respect and led me to humility.
Change was constant and reliable, revealing itself in weather, ecology, relationships, and personal character.
While creation danced in its own mysteries, our maker gently whispered that I too reflect and embody wonder.
I relearned what it meant to love myself, and how to live in both pride and humility. I met God in a new capacity, and experienced His glory in ways beyond check-box small groups and white board prayer requests.
Community bloomed when I needed it most, from the desert homies to the Naked Suncups and crew. My dear trail family, I am proud to know you.
These five magical, exhausting months on that 18”x2650mi strip of dirt continues to be one of the greatest gifts.
It is a joy and privilege to celebrate this mile marker. Until the next one!
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