Monday, October 3, 2011

September 20, 2011

Start: 2421
End: 2445

Woke up to stars and the moon shining, with just a hint of light on the horizon suggesting that morning was soon to come.

It was a beautiful morning with a bluebird sky as we made our way to Lemah Meadow before climbing up a ridge with amazing views, akin to yesterday, including glimpses of Mt Rainier and Mt Adams! I took so many pictures just trying to capture a little of the cool stuff that is everywhere!

We stopped for lunch at a nice spot in the sun overlooking Waptus Lake. After lunch we descended to the creek feeding the lake, crossed the creek, and then hiked Eastward above the North side of the lake until turning up a canyon containing Spinoli Creek, and hiked up-canyon a while until coming across a nice campsite.

The last week, and especially the last two days, I have been so stoked on the hike, and just generally happy with where I am in my life. I feel so alive and am truly enjoying being out here each day. Some of the other thru-hikers are in the same physical location as me (or within a day or two) and they just want to finish as quickly as possible so they can move on to the next chapter in their lives, whatever that might be. It seems that there is some never-ending race everyone is running, and most people (in life in general) are in such a rush to get to the finish, perhaps without knowing what is waiting for them when they get there. I think most people would benefit from slowing down their lives, taking better care of themselves, and enjoying the little things a lot more. The things that money can't buy.

Sent from the PCT

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