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Re: [pct-l] Effects of a thruhike

I am moved by your words. I understand a little. This past summer I had my
most exhausting, mosquito infested coss-country hike in Yellowstone. I
camped in the backcountry away from trails and people. It was very tough and
at the time I wondered if I would every go there again.

But the memories, especially how the experience molded me and left such a
lasting impression, have become the important valuables. Now I am yearning
to return to Yellowstone and go back to photograph these places no one sees
and maybe never have!

I have thought about how much this year's thru-hike will mean afterwards. It
isn't something one can measure or forsee. It is thrilling and wholesome.

With your permission, I would like to quote your words in my PCT book this


>From: "Joanne Lennox" <goforth@cio.net>
>To: "pct-mailing list" <PCT-L@backcountry.net>
>Subject: [pct-l] Effects of a thruhike
>Date: Fri, Apr 21, 2000, 1:54 AM

> Well, I have become convinced ,more than ever before ,that much of a
> thruhike is just starting when the whole trail is behind you. the BIG
> results of THE HIKE are not what happens to you out there on the trail but
> all the things that happen and continue to amaze you afterward.
> And now I am realizing (along with Toubadour and BigHummel), that spring
> will never come again without a large part of me yearning to start another
> such journey.  Taking a walk in the woods, enjoying the spring time, etc.
> does not take the edge off it at all  - it seems to aggrevate the sense of
> separation.
> It has gotten difficult to read much of the recent entries on the list;my
> thoughts are with all the PCT voyagers this year - GOODLUCK all.  Keep
> going forth, and it will keep unfolding beyond all of your expectations.
> Goforth
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