Sunday, September 6, 2015

Day 140, My Only Friend, The End...

Part 5, Washington, Day 140
My Only Friend, The End...
Miles: 0
Total Miles: 2390.6
I'm off trail and my hike is over.
Sorry to keep you all hanging, but it's hard to end this blog in such a way; this blog, along with all of you reading it, has been my companion for the last 5 months, and it's tough to say goodbye. It's been very difficult being off trail. I'm writing this last entry while hiking on a trail back home. I'll write a bit then move on and write some more. 
Why did I end my hike with only 250 miles until Canada? I still don't really know. If you followed this blog, you'll know a few reasons, but for the most part, I was done hiking. I was mentally over it. My decision to finish at Snoqualmie Pass was probably too hasty and emotionally dictated, but here I am. I keep telling myself that what's important is the journey, not the destination. I still feel a bit empty. I just miss the trail. 
Hiking 2,400 miles this summer on the PCT was one of the best and hardest things I've ever done, yet it was so simple. Wake up each day and walk North. I've never experienced so much beauty before. The hardships I experienced, and overcoming them, was the most beautiful experience of all. 
I really don't see this is the end of anything though. This is only the start of a brand new day. 
I had the time of my life this summer and I'll never forget it. We should all be comforted by the fact the real adventure still exists in this day and age. If you choose to take the first step, you'll find the you're capable of things you never thought possible. 
I'd like to thank each and every one of you readers who went with me on this adventure. I was never truly alone thanks to your interest and comments. Stay tuned for gear reviews and a review of the whole hike. Until my next long distance hike (Continental Divide Trail?) later gators!
We certainly do live in a beautiful world...