Oh man last night was so cold. We packed up around seven I think. It was nice getting out when it was light out but frigid. I wore all of my top layers! We stayed in the shade for quite awhile ridge walking so I kept most of the layers on until we climbed in the sun. I ended up taking a mid morning break w adam and baton while they made soup and I warmed up in the sun. We had only gone five miles before ten. Today was a "short" day at 25 miles at around 5k elevation gain. We passed a ton of ppl coming back from Canada. What a weird feeling. Those ppl had to hike back to harts pass to exit. Even though the road is closed, rangers were arranging shuttles for the hikers. I can't imagine having to go through that way.
I booked it all way down to around mile 14 for lunch. The boys joined and we all cooked our last lunch together. I had gourmet ramen. As usual, it gets so cold in the shade. While I was so cold today, I kept thinking how I couldn't wait to be back in my warm bed. I don't know why I do cold things all the time. I just want to hibernate all winter. The rest of the afternoon were some gradual climbs and ridge walks followed by a steep woody pass. My legs are so so tired. We got to a place where you could see where the fire was coming from, just two ridges away. We finally made it up our last hill before Canada and down to the lake we went which felt like forever. We were all so exhausted and happy to be at camp. It's always dark early now and gets so cold so quickly.
I still can't believe this is our last night on trail. I never would've thought I'd be walking to Canada w two random intl dudes that I enjoy being around. I thought I'd be walking the border by myself all alone. I got cold quick so I ended up making dinner in my tent while the boys sat together and talked about intl things. It's quite funny that all the hikers I liked the most this year are not from America and I only met them in this last stretch. Being around all these accents makes me naturally want to talk the same way. It's funny. I miss the docs. I wished we were finishing w them but I know they're just a few miles behind us. Baton must have good manners or something and likes to pee far away from ppl. Everyone I knew would just turns around and pee and I could always see them (men), must be an American thing. I ate my last Annie's. So good and warm. I am so happy for my stove these days. I cannot imagine cold soaking in this weather. We are all incredibly tired today. Tom is Canada and we don't have to wake up super early. I've been wearing my hiking clothes to bed every night so I don't have to put on freezing cold clothes in the morning. My bra and ranger shirt has been permanently stuck to my body since around stevens. I can't wait to rip it off and wear a comfy cotton shirt. We have 6.4 to the border then about nine after that so around 15 until we don't have to walk again!! We're dreaming of food, a warm soft bed and being clean.