Monday, October 22, 2012

well, now I am done and onto something else...

I have needed to wrap this up for the last week now, but have been putting it off. I don't like this feeling that this part of my life is over. I learned and experienced so much in the last six months, and for the last year my entire life has sort of revolved around planning for, and executing a thru-hike of the PCT. Well I am so proud to say I have accomplished what I set out to do. I hiked from Mexico to Canada in just under six months. I met so many amazing people. I lost over 60 pounds while getting into the best shape of my life. I found a new zest for life that was seriously missing before. I learned a lot about myself and what makes me happy. I have to thank everyone who has followed along, supported, donated, and helped me out along the way. If it wasn't for you amazing people, I guarantee that this would not have been possible for me to accomplish. There were many trying, stressful, crazy situations that arose, but the trail was always there, to help me get back on track, in the right direction. Through sickness, heartache, physical struggles, mental breakdowns, I always knew there were people who were jealous, envious, thankful, appreciative, proud, wishful, a whole number of emotions, that wished they could be right there with me, struggling, and that is truly what helped power me on the hard days. So thanks to each and every one of you who contacted me and let me know I was in your thoughts. To my friends who actually stayed in contact, wondered how I was doing and if there was anything they could do to help be a part of this adventure. To my family for allowing me to be me, to follow my dreams, to choose my own path and to show that I am a little bit crazy, a little unique and capable of being happy without falling into a societal routine that seems to get me down and needing more out of life that working for a paycheck. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. As to what is next, I am still struggling to find what that is, or where I want that to be. I am currently looking for work, in a few different locations. I would love to keep traveling, to keep experiencing new things, meeting new people on a daily basis. The transition back into a life not spent on the trail is proving to be another test. A test I wasn't quite expecting to be so tough, but it is a test nonetheless and I know I have the skill set now to pass and be able accomplish whatever it is that I put my mind to.... Thank you all for following along. And please keep checking my site for updates and to see what I am up to, what gear and trails I am conquering now that this is over, to see what my next adventures are and the ones after that and the ones after that.... Peace, Love. Kristo

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