Traversing east to west, undulating right beneath the Canadian border is the newest National Scenic Trail in the US, the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT).
As with any long distance journey, the exact path one sets out on may be redefined while pressing forward. For me this trail was filled with moments of doubt and riddled with injury, forcing me to rearrange my hiking order, separate from my hiking partner, and learn slow, drawn out lessons. I cried in front of strangers, experienced snow, hail, torrential downpours, and dried up springs on intolerably hot days. But all these less comfortable moments made the shining moments stand out even more: the friendships forged in the woods, the kindness of strangers, the majesty of the mountains, the pastel colors of the sage, the sweet smells of the flora, and the curious fauna that shared their home with me.
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