PCT Mile: 1407
This is difficult to say, but I’m relieved to know that you’re struggle with this life on earth will soon be over. You were dealt such a crappy hand. For that, I am so sorry. You did not deserve this.
But I have an idea. Last winter, I took grandma’s ashes to a beautiful snowy meadow in Idaho. Everyday, she has a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. As I was spreading her ashes in a circle around me, I asked her to join me on this journey. Grandma is such a slow poke. She’s always floating around sniffing wild flowers, petting the deer, and takes too much time at the summits. But she’s always here when I need her.
Mom, when your life is through, please join us on the trail. I’ll do all of the work. You’ll get to see what I see, feel what I feel, and there’s plenty of free time to do whatever you want. No more wheelchairs, walkers, medicines, money worries, or emergency stops for a bathroom. You can just be by my side.
And when we’re done with this journey, I’ll take a little piece of you to one of my favorite places on the PCT, Aloha Lake. It’s stunningly beautiful, peaceful, and serene. And yes, all of the little creatures want to play scrabble with you. I can see it now.
Since aloha means good-bye and hello, I will say aloha to you now. Come and join me soon.
Your loving son,
Kevin (a.k.a Trail Dad)