|Starting the PCT at the Mexican border on April 9th, 2014.|
|My last day at Castle Craigs/ I-5, after I hiked 1500 miles of the PCT.|
|Watching the moon rise on the PCT. Photo by Susan.|
|Waking up on the PCT.|
The other reason 2014 was so incredible was because of the friendships I made on the trail, because of the support of my friends and family “back home”, and because of the trail community. The connections I made were powerful and indescribably wonderful. Unexpected connections with people happened exactly when I needed them. So many friends and family supported my hike and gave me so much love. Comments on my blog made me feel like people cared and that I could share the joy of my experience with others. I felt the warmth and kindness of community that was beyond anything I’d ever imagined.
The reason this was profound was because when you are the recipient of so much kindness, it becomes clear how much basic human goodness is out there. Realizing this made me see beyond superficial differences and things that keep us apart. It made me believe in our common humanity. It made me feel like I belonged in a deep and meaningful way.
|Feeling like I truly belong.|