CDT 8 Days 61-75 miles 1513-1746.8

It's been a crazy 14 days! Lots of CDT miles in there but most importantly I spent some much needed time off trail at Grace and Peter's wedding.

I was hoping to post some non-trail photos of the wedding, but realized I barely took any because I was simply enjoying the experiences so much. Being there in the presence of so many loving family and friends, I just couldn't stop smiling.

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Will and I at the top of Parkview Mountain. One of the first bigger climbs after getting into Colorado. 

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Ridge walking for miles. 

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Eclipse Day! We didn't get 100% coverage but I didn't mind with a vantage point like this. 

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Entering the Never Summer Wilderness, supposedly names because there is snow up on the ridges year round.  

 Entering my third National Park of the trip near Grand Lake, CO. 

Entering my third National Park of the trip near Grand Lake, CO. 

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Shadowcliff Hostel in beautiful Grand Lake. This was my departure point for Grace and Peter's wedding. I'd be back here in just five short days after the festivities. 

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Getting back on trail after such an amazing break visiting with friends and family at Grace and Peter's wedding was hard. My mind and body were thankful for the time off and I felt recharged but I can now understand why many hikers who take breaks from trail don't go back. Life off trail is pretty comfortable. Mosquitoes aren't harassing you constantly, getting water is as simple as turning a nob and and you aren't always dividing miles by 3 to determine how long it will take to get some where. But, I began this trail with the intention of walking from Canada to Mexico and by gosh, I'll do everything I can to get there. So back on trail the miles continue but now with a fuller heart.

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Treated to a beautiful sunset at an actual campground. I'm loving Colorado- let the porcelain challenge begin!!! 

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Trail magic!!! 

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Grand views  

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Yep, pretty sure I'm going to have to climb that. 

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Surrounding storms lead to a beautiful rainbow

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