Dear Family and Friends,
I’ve now been home for five days and have had time to think about my Pacific Crest Trail experience. Although I have a small lingering disappointment in not having completed the trail in a single attempt, I have no regrets in going back and finishing it this year. Going alone was also very satisfying in that I was solely responsible for the daily decisions of mileage, rest stops and campsites. I loved my trail family last year but I was perfectly comfortable being on my own. Last year I learned a lot from the extensive experience of others and I was able to put it into practice to manage my days. Thank you especially to Nancy Huber. What an extraordinary mentor!
As you all know by now the state of Washington is engulfed in many massive wildfires. The PCT Is now closed from where I made the detour at the Suiattle River Trail all the way to Canada. The Trail is modified every year because of fires, bridge washouts, or floods. This year the hikers behind me won’t get to have the satisfaction of touching the monument at the Canadian border. But, you take the trail as it is offered. We can’t control the weather or natural disasters. Only our reaction to what we face. Thank you all for believing in me. Your support was felt each day and helped me deal with the pain and daily grind. I tried to share my thoughts, the views and the lovely characters I met. I’m still not walking straight, but, heck, my life has never been a straight line!😃 Adventures await me. Thank you all for being a part of my life. Love to each of you,