Day 143: Déjà Vu

Day 143: Déjà Vu

Mile 2569.4 – 2583.7 Fireweed Campsite North Cascades National Park. As we left Stehekin, we peered down at the Stehekin River from High Bridge. Below us in the shallows were Chinook salmon coming back home to spawn. I couldn’t help but see parallels...
Day 141: Mountains and Lakes, Oh My!

Day 141: Mountains and Lakes, Oh My!

Mile 2513.2 – 2542 With the days getting shorter, our 5:30 wake up allowed us to see the last glimmer of the stars before they faded into the brightening sky. It was beautiful. We hauled our packs onto our backs and crossed over the well flowing Pumice Creek....
Day 140: Sightings of Glacier Peak

Day 140: Sightings of Glacier Peak

Mile 2484.1 – 2513.2 As we left our campsite and began to climb, I couldn’t help but think this section of trail from Stevens Pass to Stehekin is shaping up to be one of the best in Washington. It feels like a bunch of moving pieces have finally clicked...
Day 138 – 139: Stevens Pass

Day 138 – 139: Stevens Pass

Day 138 Mile 2454.2 – 2421.6. The sound of rain falling woke me up in the middle of the night. It would come in waves pattering softly against my tent. I went in and out of sleep until I was jolted awake by a large rock fall from somewhere across the lake. When...
Day 137: A Breath of Fresh Air

Day 137: A Breath of Fresh Air

Mile 2425.3 – 2454.2 Mig Lake. The wind blew with a welcome fury last night. As I lay in my tent, the evergreens bent and groaned with each successive gust. In my sheltered spot, only occasional gusts came to ruffle the flaps of my tent. When I woke in the...
Day 136: Into the Smoke

Day 136: Into the Smoke

Mile 2397.7 – 2425.3. The mountains rose like specters in the smoke. Gnarled heads turned toward the sky as their bodies sunk into the sea of smoke. We left camp and waded through the smoke arms stretched out to keep our balance as we navigated through rough...
Day 134 – 135: Walking into the Unknown

Day 134 – 135: Walking into the Unknown

Mile 2390.6 2397.7. When I woke up, I couldn’t tell if it was smokey or cloudy. The sky was a dead lifeless gray devoid of feeling. Where have the passionately colorful sunrises of the desert gone? I packed up quickly and left Sand Lake behind. Bedazzled was in...
Day 133: The Knife’s Edge 

Day 133: The Knife’s Edge 

Mile 2274 – 2295. I was playing with the idea of doing some astrophotography in the wee hours of the morning, but when I woke up the stars were dim barely discernable dots in the sky and it smelt like a BBQ. Smoke from the fires behind us and ahead of us had...
Day 132: Ascending to the Throne

Day 132: Ascending to the Throne

Mile 2247 Lava Spring – 2274. Last night, I heard someone talking about camping at Old Snowy. I hadn’t realized we were so close to the Goats Rock Wilderness, which is regarded as one of the finest sections of the PCT. Finally, we would get some great...
Day 131: The Death Stare is Online

Day 131: The Death Stare is Online

Mile 2226 – 2247 Lava Spring. We woke up on the lawn next to the General Store in Trout Lake and walked over to the local cafe for breakfast. We met two inquisitive parents who asked us all about our hike. It turns out they were the parents of Hatchet, a...
Day 130: How Badly do You Need Those Shoes?

Day 130: How Badly do You Need Those Shoes?

Mile 2204.7 – 2226. Our goal was to get into Trout Lake before the post office closed at 4:00 on Friday. Bedazzled had new shoes waiting there, and it wouldn’t reopen until Monday at 9:00. It was a race so to speak. We also had a food resupply to pick up,...

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