We finished our hike at Crater Lake after south-bounding Oregon. I AM SO HAPPY TO FINISH during the year of fire and ice. It was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Thank you to everyone who helped along the way- I especially enjoyed meeting our last trail angels in Bend (Thanks John!), just when we thought everyone had forgotten about the PCT for the year- the trail provides. The love for the trail warmed our spirits as the world grew cold around us. And as the trail grew frighteningly silent, we came to terms with the solitary sounds of ourselves. The coming of winter was painfully obvious at the end.
What a strange experience to live in the wilderness, then find ourselves back in the modern world/lifestyle. The PCT feels like a hazy dream when I look back on it, but it has left a very real imprint on me. My body is different, the way I move is different, the way I approach the world is certainly different and now my entire life is different from where I left off in May. I welcome the change with open arms and strive to take confidence as I enter this uncertain time. Everything will be better than okay- everything is going to be fantastic. I am so grateful that I finished this trail strong, with energy and confidence in the face of what could be seen as an extremely bleak world. I am certain of what I saw out there- I am certain that nothing can influence me more than climbing up snow covered passes, trudging through rushing water, running from wildfires and understanding the environment around me through my own body- through my inherent connection to nature. I will take my experiences with me wherever I go.
-Captain Planet, PCT 2017
We didn’t sight see much, but we got a chance to briefly visit with an AT buddy. Thanks for having us Huck! Great to see you >.<