We made it!

We made it!

On Friday, August 21, 2009 we paddled the last few miles into Glacier Bay, Alaska, ending a enormous 111 day and 1,200 mile journey!  The trip was an extraordinary physical accomplishment for both of us and was replete with unique experiences both good and bad.  We’ve spent the last few two weeks in transit from Alaska to visit with family in Pennsylvania and are now decompressing from the trip and working on reintegration into “civilization”.

We took approximately 3,600 photos and a gigabyte of videos, of which we’ve posted about 330.  We’ll be doing slideshows, dates and locations to be announced.  It will take us some time to sort through the thousands of emails and piles of mail we “missed” while we were paddling, so please excuse any delay in communication over the next few weeks.

Finally, thank you to all the people who made this trip possible and kept us going along the way.  Our sponsors, our friends, our families, the post offices who held our packages, the kind folks who filled our water bottles, shared their dinners, or even opened their homes and cars and land to us along the way; we appreciated every gesture.  We are looking forward to paying it forward.

9 comments

1 Beth (Beef) { 09.11.09 at 2:44 pm }

Congrats to both of you. I can’t wait to hear you rehash your stories over the next couple months!

2 bethany and dan cox { 09.11.09 at 7:10 pm }

Congrats congrats congrats! We were worried about you. No word to know you were ok until this! You have accomplished something great and trust us, we know! So impressed and proud.

3 Sam Basel { 09.12.09 at 4:22 pm }

Congratulations! Sounds like a fantastic trip and I’m looking forward to seeing the some pictures and video!

4 Lindsay { 09.15.09 at 8:32 am }

Wow! What great photos! Congrats to both of you, that was quite an accomplishment.

5 Bob and Michelle Chase { 09.21.09 at 12:21 pm }

Wow, wow. Congratulations Phil and Apryle. What an extraordinary feat! We all look forward to hearing about it. Todd and Claudine are hosting the next potluck at their house. I believe the date is Saturday, October 3. We do hope to see you there.

6 Kelly and Juan Esteban { 09.26.09 at 9:55 pm }

You guys are an inspiration. Congratulations. I am envious of the headspace you must be in compared to mine, all stressed out over school with a super busy and domestic life style. Your lives will never be the same after this experience. . . good for you!

7 Phil { 09.28.09 at 7:30 am }

Thank you! We are up in the air on a lot of things too though, and all the “real life” problems didn’t go away on our trip. But I am proud of the accomplishment and looking forward to the next steps!

8 Sherry Bragg { 09.29.09 at 10:03 pm }

Hello again from Prince Rupert! Sincere Congratulations on this “incredible journey” !! I can’t help but be interested to know what you’re eating habits/lifestyle might be like now – if that’s changed for you in any way since you “landed”! ?? :)
All the best to you both!

9 Phil { 10.14.09 at 8:58 am }

Well, we’re still getting back in the swing of things. Spent the last month and a half visiting family and going to weddings, so we haven’t really settled down into our own lifestyle quite yet. I would say that our eating habits are going to be slightly different after the trip, a bit simpler perhaps. Lifestyle is going to change dramatically, but that is equally because of career changes and our own plans as our experience on the trip.

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