Day 24 – April 11, 2017
Today made my heart feel at home. It began with a filling pancake breakfast in the company of my tail family. Then, we caught a shuttle at 11am. Upon pulling up to Davenport Gap, we were welcomed with glorious trail magic – Subway sandwiches, chips, granola bar, etc.
We saw many familiar faces- most importantly, Sandals, who recently overcome norovirus since we last saw him. Then, just like that, we were (semi-unwillingly) off on our hike.
All the snow had melted off the mountains. The mud had also dried out. After a 3 mile climb, the next 7 miles were rolling up and over the entire ridge, with breathtaking views on the right and left. It was the perfect mountain, perfect views, and a good mix with solo hiking or talking with Munch & Dilla.
We got to the shelter at 5, and successfully got spots in it. Both good (east to leave camp with no tear-down), and potentially bad (snoring people and the crazy 6 young LOUD girls from Ontario … section hikers).
Dinner was a great time for goofing off with the crew.
As the sun started to come down, myself, along with other hikers and the 6 girls, all went to the other side of the gap (romantic) to watch the sunset. Another section hiker, who is traveling around the US for 6 months, was carrying a ukulele. On this beautiful outlook, he was playing popular songs, such as “Riptide” and “Wagon Wheel,” and the girls and others watching were softly singing along.
Sunset, mountains, music, friends,
My heart was overflowing.
The only thing missing was Kyle,
and my ASP friends.
It was a scene from ASP, and I longed to be back.
Today was a reminder of the amazing life that I have lived thus far, and the life I am living. I have full confidence that this is exactly where I am meant to be.
And tomorrow, we hike our first 20!