My daughter’s epic summer journey on the PCT ended on September 9th.  She hiked from the Columbia River, at the Bridge of the Gods, to Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia.  It was done in sections, two alone, one with her husband, and one with her dad.

At the Columbia River, Oregon/Washington Border

At the Columbia River, Oregon/Washington Border

 

 

 

 

Canada Border 507 miles

Canada Border 507 miles

 

I dropped her and her Dad off at Stevens Pass on August 26th.

They saw 9 bears between there and the next time I resupplied them at Rainy Pass.  The first sighting was a cub climbing a tree only a few feet off the trail.  They eventually saw momma bear, too -watching them closely from the bushes.  The other sightings were further away, and caused less adrenaline.

Bear's backside

Bear’s backside

She has a video of a momma and 2 cubs descending a steep hillside across the river, but I couldn’t figure a way to upload it here…(suggestions welcome)

Even the trail improvements look challenging!

Even the trail improvements look challenging!

 

The trail is well defined in most places.

 

The trail is well defined -whether in rock or grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer

Deer

 

 

 

 

Marmot

Marmot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father/Daughter trip of a lifetime!

Father/Daughter trip of a lifetime!

 

Trail terminus near Manning Provincial Park, BC

Trail terminus in Manning Provincial Park, BC

 

They both had a hard time adjusting back to the hustle and bustle of daily life.  So much noise and rushing around…

Michelle landed a new job fresh off the trail, and is starting yet another chapter in her life.  Her hubby’s 5 days on the trail left him wanting more, and they have long-term goals of hiking California and Oregon now, too.  My husband was grateful to experience a portion of this with our daughter, and said he would also like to do more some day.

This was something on both of their Bucket Lists, so 2014 was a monumental year for them both.

How about you?  What’s on your Bucket List?

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