Walking into Manning Park in the rain. Photo by my friend Kwan.
When we told our friend Kathy a few years ago that we were doing the trail the first words out of her mouth, "You are going to be so skinny!" I've always had trouble keeping the weight off even with regular exercise, especially as I age into senior citizen range, but walking for 10 to 12 hours a day in the mountains will tend to get rid of those extra pounds. I haven't stepped on a scale to know for sure but have to guess I shed about 35 pounds. I can't recommend the PCT as a diet plan but it sure works!
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We are taking the train home tomorrow morning. A bus will get us from Vancouver to Seattle where we get on the Coast Starlight for 36 hours. We've always wanted to do a train trip so this is a great opportunity. We even sprung for a sleeper car so will ride in comfort.
After a morning of casual birding near Vancouver we had lunch with Kwan and his wife Jessica at a fantastic Chinese Dim Sum restaurant. It's going to be really hard to break the constant eating habit of the last five months, and my body is still screaming for food right now. A bit of tapering off seems in order. We really appreciate Kwan and Jessica's hospitality. I remember asking Kwan in an email a couple years ago, "If we walk from the Mexico border to Manning Park will you come pick us up?" I'm sure at the time he thought I was pulling his leg, or nuts, or both, but he was there when it counted. Kwan, thank you my friend.