Update from….HOME!!

Hello all, I am finally home! It is great to be done and relishing in my great accomplishment, although, I must admit it is a bit strange to be in a house, having different clothes to choose from, eating and cooking from a kitchen, and NOT walking 25 miles a day. Also, it is taking my body some time to adjust to the different environment. It is so dry here compared to Oregon and Washington’s forested, wet, and cool climate. But life is great, and I am very happy. 

After spending the night at Manning Park, BC with my new trail friends (Skip, Astrid and Israh), I jumped on a greyhound bus, rode a stormy 4 hrs to Vancouver, where I then caught the skytrain over to the airport. I flew from Canada to Salt Lake City, UT very smoothly, without ANY hiccups whatsoever. Amazing, really. I thought I may have a slight problem with my passport because it still has my maiden name on it, and my ticket was booked in my new name, BUT there was no problem at all. Sweet! I arrived in Palm Springs at 1030 pm, to my wonderful husband and parents. They even had flowers and a banner for me. It was a very happy reunion, free from tears. We then drove up the hill to Joshua Tree, to our new home. Everything was perfect, and I felt so good walking into the space. It already felt like home. Frazier did an amazing job this last month moving us in and getting everything where it should be. 

The next morning, we awoke somewhat early (7am), ate breakfast and had coffee together (WOW!) and got ourselves ready to drive to Zion National Park, where we would be meeting our friend Phillip, who had extended an invitation to a weekend of leisure. This included a room at the Driftwood Lodge, a beautiful scenic hike in the park, a massage, and some delicious gourmet food). What a welcome home treat!! It was perfect fall weather, and I had a great time eating and getting pampered. Thank you Phillip!

We got back home today, and got ourselves ready for the week. We did a little budget planning, bought groceries for the week, took a walk with the dogs, and made an amazing dinner of Costa Rican rice and beans, jicama tomato and avocado salad, and queso fresco. SOOO good. For the first time all day, I felt satisfied. I am still so hungry!

Tomorrow, I will be re-organizing the blog and posting the last of the entries for Washington and of course, PICTURES!! So, stay tuned, I am not done yet!

 

Again, thank you so much to all of you for being so supportive and loving during this adventure. It meant a lot, and got me all the way to the border. I really can’t thank you enough. You know who you are, and I will be seeing you soon! Love ya!

About jamieannhaney

I am a 30 yr old, newly married, nature loving, hiking girl, set out to have a challenge, adventure and rite of passage out of kid-hood. I have an amazing life, husband, and friends, and I just want to be the best person I can be for all of that love around me :)
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2 Responses to Update from….HOME!!

  1. Sarah Kennington says:

    Welcome home, Jaime! I only just today started reading the blog. Have heard about it over the past weeks and have thought about you & your big adventure. Amazing. Truly inspired and inspiring. You’re a local (maybe more than that!) hero. Horray for you! Hopefully I’ll see you on the trails someday soon! Indeed: Happy Trails!!!

    • Thank you Sarah! It was quite the experience and I am very happy that I was able to do it (and finish before the winter weather kicked in up north). The trail is SO wonderfully magical and beautiful. It has been very interesting reflecting on it all now that I am home. Everyone has been so supportive and I am enjoying telling people all about it 🙂 I MAY do a slideshow for everyone at the community center some day, so if I do, I will post on this blog. I will definitely be seeing you around, since I am living back in Jtree. Take care, and thanks for reading 🙂
      Jamie

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