I really thought (sadly) that I had written my last post about the PCT and then this magic email appeared in my inbox yesterday… And completely made my day, week and month!
I took more than 7,500 photos while hiking the PCT last year and entering some in this competition (I entered 3 of the 5 categories and you were allowed 10 pics per category) was a great motivation for me to sit down and start the long process of sorting through them.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want any to be chosen, obviously, but first place was never a thought on my mind! And I’m so happy because it’s a pic of my awesome hiker family: Teflon, Mrs Smith, KC, Mr Smith & Bear Lee. Unfortunately Shepherd is just out of the shot but Shepherd if you’re reading this you know you’re def part of the family 😉
I clicked on the link in the email to see the other winning photos for each category and something caught my eye…
Insert little squeal of excitement 🙂
The email came at a great time. I rolled my ankle on day 55 of the PCT and unfortunately continued rolling it for quite some time before I was able to buy a sturdy brace. Long story short and a further 2,500 miles hiking on that ankle (PCT & Spain), I’m now in my 3rd week of being in a cast up to my knee after an ankle reconstruction. And growing more and more impatient/frustrated each day… So the email came at a great time. It reminded me how much I want to be out hiking and taking photos again but that I need to take each day slowly and focus on my recovery so I can do just that.
So thank you PCTA and your awesome judges. And thank you everyone for reading my blog and giving me a purpose to write each post and take each photo.
Click here to see all the other incredible photos that won. (You’ll be taken to the PCTA website).
And to see a short video of my 160 day PCT hike, please click here.
Thanks & Happy Trails!