Notes from my journal on our last night on trail. Didn’t think I would ever share this, but variations have already been published.

I find myself coming across these little remnants of the trail from time to time. Weekly, or even daily. They boost my spirit and remind me of the lessons this trail taught me. I will reunite with the majority of my trail family next week and am beyond excited. I’m excited to catch up, hear about ‘real life’ post-trail, share countless memories from our journeys last year, and most importantly…just be together again. Most of us will be celebrating our one year mark this month of starting our respective hikes. Pretty wild to believe it’s almost been one year!

September 27th, 2017:

Writing from my final night in my tent on the trail

6 months on the Appalachian trail

We hiked 10 miles into Baxter state park to the base of Katahdin (Katahdin Stream Campground)

Huggy, Dove, Dancing Bear, Atlas, The Travelling Foxes

Everyone was excited and ready after a home cooked breakfast at the Airbnb we had shared with Huggy’s family. Left for the trail at 9am. On trail by 10am. We had a happy mood amongst us. It quickly changed though. We all went silent and just hiked. Spreading out throughout the day and taking in our last full day of hiking before we summit. It was a weird thing that happened. It all happened in unison, and without discussion. We all just needed our own time to reflect. We met back up at a stream crossing and snacked, laughed & napped in the sun. Then…we all spread back out again. I think most of tomorrow will be similar. As we approach our final summit, we all want to have our own moments and our own time to reflect on this crazy journey. We have a smorgasbord of people at the moment summiting together, but I’m excited about that. We’re lucky to have each other to share in this spectacular moment. I don’t know exactly how to pinpoint what I’m feeling right now. It’s hard to explain. It’s a weird rush. I’m happy, sad, content, and proud all at the same time. I want more, but I’m also done. Im scared and nervous of what’s to come, but I know that this has changed me. I know that this will be the start of a whole new lifestyle for me. A whole new life even. I’m just proud of what I’ve done and what we have all accomplished. It’s been a whirlwind of emotion, struggle, joy, challenges, and excitement.

I don’t know how to come off this high. I don’t know what’s going to happen to my mind, my body, my soul. This trail is in me. It’s in my blood now, forever. I have scars to prove it and memories to back them up. It’s a part of me and always will be.

I’m listening to a storm roll in off in the distance and I can only think of the irony of this thunderous roar as we approach our final climb. It’s fitting. We’ve made it. Lady K is at our fingertips. She awaits. Nothing can stop us now. Holy cow! It’s here. Ahhhh!

I’m excited to climb tomorrow. I’m excited to see how my body & mind will react to this closure. I’m going to just let everything happen and not hold back. I want to ride out this adventure as long as possible. No turning back. No regrets. This is it! Wow.

I don’t know how to react. Man this is big.