ever imagined and then some (except a bear attack).
After a night of rain, our group of seven marched to the border
yesterday morning under a clear sky. You can see the border clearing
going up the mountain behind us. It was quite emotional to finally be
there, and we can't quite grasp that we really are finished.
Thanks to Tony and Laura for sending Occasion the elephant (Okie for
short) - he has helped us celebrate birthdays, a wedding, and now the
completion of a thru-hike. He's a special guy.
As a wise hiker recently said, "we have thru hiked and now we are
through hiking" (at least for a couple of days).
Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement over the last
five and a half months. We are looking forward to seeing you all very