South Lake Tahoe, CA to Manning Park, CANADA [Mile 2668]

Here is a map to update you on the progress of our PCT thru-hike:


(Yes!  We finished!!)

What can I say?

I stopped blogging.  (Oops. Sorry.)

On the PCT, I always felt the pressure to keep moving. The towns on the PCT were far apart, and the days in town were just too short to accomplish everything.  In addition, we had to finish the trail by late Sept, to avoid potentially dangerous conditions in Northern Washington.

So, we walked, and walked.  And then, we walked some more.  We were constantly putting in big days.  I was tired, and for the first time in 5,000 miles, I even stopped writing in my daily journal.
But, the good news, is that all the craziness was worth it . . .
On Sept 23rd, Estero and I completed the Pacific Crest Trail !!  We walked all the way from Mexico to Canada –together– and we don’t want to kill each other!  Date #2 was a success!
Since then, we have stayed quite busy.  We went to the ALDHA-West gathering, where Estero received his Triple Crown award (awarded for completion of the AT, PCT, CDT).  We flew to Florida, bought a car, drove to Maryland & Pennsylvania to see family.  Then we drove to Colorado, and quickly fell in love with the state, the laid-back people and the amazing weather.
By the end of October, we had an apartment in Denver, and a few weeks later, we both accepted jobs.  We have been busy adjusting to normal life, decorating our nest, attempting to work out, and even adopting a goofy kitten named Clover.
In 2015, I plan to begin hiking 14ers in Colorado.  There are 58 epic peaks above 14,000 feet in Colorado, and I’d love to fly my kite on all of them!  I am also dreaming of a Colorado Trail hike in the near future (It’s ok, Mom. It’s only 450 miles).  There are a lot of places that I want to hike… The Grand Canyon, Machu Picchu, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah…. (the CDT, someday).  But it’s been a very busy few years, and I look forward to a normal life, for now.
Thank You so much to everyone who supported me on these 3 trails.  Thanks to the countless Trail Angels who have offered sage advice, food, beds, showers and transportation.  Thanks to Keen for sponsoring me with socks for my PCT hike.  Thanks to my parents for putting up with my crazy dreams (sorta).  Thanks to Estero for being such an incredible partner and a constant source of inspiration.
Thanks to you, for reading.
Feel free to contact me anytime: or on Facebook: Rayana Acorn.
Happy Trails, until we meet again!
To finish this off, here are my favorite pictures from Lake Tahoe, CA to Manning Park, Canada.  You should probably grab some snacks for this part:
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(Nothing is Impossible)
Categories: California, Canada, Oregon, PCT, Washington | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “South Lake Tahoe, CA to Manning Park, CANADA [Mile 2668]

  1. Deborah Schroth

    Congratulations, to you both! Just a few days ago I was looking at your site, as I wondered what had happened to you. Very glad to hear that you completed the trail. And very happy to know of your happiness together.

    At this point, I hope that you will be working on a book. I want to hear all your stories, esp. those behind the bear pics!

  2. Epic looking journey. Congratulations on your fantastic accomplishments.

  3. Peter Kersley

    Thank you for giving us an ending to your journey, I have been following you since you were packing up your apartment in Chicago to head out on the AT, I am very happy for you and I wish you both nothing but happiness and tranquility in your future lives together, and yes a book would be nice, even if it was just to see the amazing pictures, Thank you again for taking us virtual hikers along.

  4. Caught a glimpse of the PCT sign as we rode along Angeles Crest Highway (north of LA) a while back, and I wondered how you guys were making out. Glad you were able to finish.

    Congrats to you both!


    Congrats young lady! Would still love to meet you if you make it back to Trail Days in Damascus. I did the JMT in August and had a great time! Godspeed! Randy, aka “Shady”

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Spectacular! 🙂 Happy future trails!

  7. Wow! Amazing!

  8. What a fabulous adventure, I love your photographs. Great memories to have.

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