Four years ago today we got up early to finish our trek of the AT. The final day of hiking turned out to be another day of climbing rocks as we went up Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
The day was spectacular weather and we saw so many people we had hiked with-especially Midway, who we hadn’t seen for weeks!
Dragonfly and I did it as a team. I know I couldn’t have made it without her! She saved my life during a flash flood in the White Mts. I saved her life in Mahoosuc Notch (the hardest mile). But it was more than that—how we built trust and love and had fun, talking and singing, playing games, how we worked as a team setting up camp, packing it up again, encouraging each other to keep going when it got hard, sharing stories and heartache and dreams. How I knew that we would still love each other when it was all over! Celebrating the simple things like crossing a creek without slipping or falling, the sound of the birds, getting into the tent before it started raining. The challenge of only falling once per state or me not stepping on the snake that Dragonfly didn’t see and stepped right over…..counting the orange newts on the trail. I could go on…
I am still reflecting and processing all that happened, all that I experienced, how it has changed my life. There are many things that have happened since 2013 that have been a challenge, but I’ve hiked the AT, and not much can get me down now!!!
We have struggled to get back the simplicity of hiking, with rare opportunities of succeeding. And now the quest continues with a planned adventure in Spain next year on the El Camino pilgrimage.