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Parting Shot: Cellist on the Pacific Crest Trail


“I was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass solo. This fellow was on a summer break from school and spending time exploring the West Coast. We started the same day and he would walk for a few miles then stop and play. He walked almost 70 miles with that cello! He told me he was thankful for his days…all of them. He also reminded me that the true adventure lies in the journey, not the destination. And boy did he live that motto, carrying and playing the cello along the way.”  Photo and caption: Audra Lee Mercille.

Audra Lee Mercille is a Pacific Northwest-based freelance adventurer. She found photography as a way to display her love and gratitude for the mountains and landscapes that inspire her.