Thankful to have survived the Juan de Fuca trail! Thankful for @call.it.a.dey and her patience and encouragement. Thankful for @navabear12 for seeing us off and welcoming us back with fruit and chips. ... Day 1[14km]: Beach excursions, realizing "I'm out of my league", reading the leaf omens for what lays ahead, "yo, bears" to the two munching on berries, recurring layers of sweat on everything, making a Steller's Jay friend
Day 2[12km]: My hatred for stairs reinforced by tree root and stone steps, fearing actual death, foot wide paths at the top of steep hills, jagged mud traps at the edge of 40ft cliff drops into the ocean, channeling Mountain Goat skills, crying on a ledge looking upwards not down, belting Journey in the eerie forest depths, mooning the wilderness, washing off sweat, tears and dust, down climbing into the ocean with a head lamp, hanging my food from a tree branch, leveling up my body's ability to survive that day and continue my life
Day 3[11km]: Climbing and down-climbing sky scraper hills, encountering grumpy chipmunks, embracing the distance travelled, sitting in the ocean with the hermit crabs
Day 4 [9km]: Excitement over the last leg being the end, feeling lighter, submerging myself in the freezing ocean, washing my hair under a waterfall ... Mad respect to the seasoned and novice hiker/campers who take on these trails and their like.
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