SIX full moons on trail and not another one to be had. I started this journey on July 12, a Super Moon, and have used that giant rock in the sky as a marker ever since. Mile 2227 was número 2, my first 30 mile day and first night sleeping under the stars. Mile 1348 was on a rock cliff with 180 degree view of the sun setting and moon rising simultaneously just outside Lassen. Breathtaking. Can't forget about mile 844 at Evolution Lake right before Muir Pass in the Sierra, where something changed in me forever. How about mile 552 when my love came out and camped with me under the giant wind turbines of Tehachapi? And now, mile 101, I night hiked with Hippie Long Stalkings and Tatu Joe past Eagle Rock to end our night together with a warm meal of meatloaf. I don't think there is a better night section to hike. I didn't pull out my headlamp once.
I'm going to miss sleeping under that moon. It's just not the same in the big city. I'm going to miss everything about the trail, now that I think about it. I have a strong feeling that there will be many more thru hikes in the future.