We had 14.5 miles left before we got to the northern monument and crossed into Canada. Another nine miles after that and we would be at Manning Park in British Columbia where we would run out of trail. It was pretty surreal to wake up and know that this would be the last time we would pack up the tent. We had HEAVY rain last night. It was probably the most rain we have had on the trip. Luckily, by the time we were ready to hit the trail, the rain had let up some. We walked along a ridge for a bit and then started the big descent down to the border. Along the way, we past Hopkins Lake. By 1pm, we had made it! Canada at last! We stuck around the monument until the other hikers behind us caught up. It was a big group. We left the monument after about an hour. We still had 9 miles to hike to get to our final destination – Manning Park Lodge. By 5:30, we were at the lodge and our long, crazy journey was over. There was no more trail to hike. We checked into the hotel and ate at the restaurant. It was the first time we ever had Poutine (hint – it’s just fries with cheese and gravy).
It is a strange feeling being done. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that we don’t have to hike tomorrow. I will miss the simplicity of life on the trail. I will miss seeing new, beautiful landscapes every day. But most importantly, I will miss the people. This was something I did not expect prior to starting the trail. Before starting the trail, I wanted the solitude of being in the wilderness, but as the trip wore on, I realized how much I appreciated the people all around me. I will miss the amazing trail angels who helped us along the way, the great community of hikers we met, and most importantly, the undivided, undistracted time spending with Janel. Thanks for following us on our journey!