April 7, Pacific Ocean!

Well, Guess what? We made it! Xena and I dipped our feet in the Pacific Ocean yesterday exactly 7 months after starting out from Georgia last September.
We are both well and very glad that the trek is over. We’ve been hosted her in San Diego by a wonderful couple, John and Makela and their little daughter, Ruth. How great that has been!
We leave Monday in a crowded pickup truck to get back to San Antonio where my van is parked, so we can resume our ‘normal’ lives!
Xena has to ride in a carrier for the first time EVER in the back of the truck. I hope she doesn’t think she is being jailed after completing this walk, instead of being carried home on a big satin pillow, like she deserves.
I couldn’t have done it without her.
Two of my kids, Lucy and Isaac did a huge amount of work online and over the phone with me to make this trip happen. My son Brad came down and fixed the front wheel on my cart in New Mexico which was a huge help. My other son Emmett, was busy having another kid in Wisconsin! But along with my nieces, Alison, Sharon and Becky gave unending support by phone. Thanks to all of them.
And thanks to anyone reading this-anyone who has been following our walk on facebook or on the blog! I got so many supportive comments and so much love from so many people, it made a big difference in my trip.
If you haven’t donated anything yet to Audubon in recognition of my trip, I will urge you one last time to send even $5 or $10 to them. They work so hard to keep the tide of habitat destruction from overwhelming our wildlife, especially my favorites, the birds.
Donate online http://www.audubonaction.org/bradstorey or send a check to National Audubon Society; 225 Varick st. New York, NY 10014. And notate that the donation was from my trip.
Xena and I really struggled to get across the country and always part of our intent was to generate understanding and some financial support for Audubon. So if you can, send something for the birds. Thanks.
I’m so grateful for so many new friends and old friends and for my wonderful family.
I will hold all of you in my heart as long as I live.
I’ll blog again when we get back to Becky’s in Texas.
Bye for now.

12 thoughts on “April 7, Pacific Ocean!

  1. Congratulations, Brad and Xena!!!!! What an amazing adventure the two of you had – and what an inspiring story you have to tell. I have no doubt the people at Audubon are cheering at your success!!


  2. So glad you made it to your final destination. Been following you on your journey. I bet you’re glad its over though. I know I could not have done what you did. God Bless you Brad. Happy Easter to you and your family. Eva McCallister, Mena, AR

  3. Thanks for sharing your trip online. I started working for Audubon a few months before you started your walk, and it’s meaningful to see someone support our work in such a cool way.

  4. Glad y’all made it safe and sound! I’m sure it was tough going a lot of times but you hung in there. Very proud of you and Xena. Enjoy your rest!

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