It's that time of year!, the first draft of PCT permit applications were just a few days ago. If you made it though slow internet speeds and incessant page refreshing during the first permit process you're now waiting impatiently for that congratulatory acceptance email saying: Congratulations! We’ve reviewed and approved your permit application. It looks … Continue reading Lets go Shopping for Trail Toys!
8/30/18 Today we have about 24 miles from Roland Campsite to the border. Our permit had us staying at Nightmare Campsite which was another 7 miles from the border back the way we came . It was either going to be a 31 mile day or stay at Hozomeen Campsite right at the border which … Continue reading Day 143, The End
Day 142 8/29/18 Today is a resupply trip for Bud Light to the town of Mazama and a rather long hitch of 40 miles. We have a short 3.5 miles to go this morning from Panther Campsite and we'll be to highway 20/Panther Creek trailhead. The actual PCT crossing at Rainy Pass/Hwy 20 is 20 … Continue reading Day 142 Mazama, WA and Ross Lake detour.
Day 140, 8/27/18 This morning we went into the ranger station to get the required camping permits due to the fire detour. Our PCT permit only covers being on the PCT. While discussing the detour with the ranger she mentioned that some PCTers were extending the detour route further into the North Cascades National Park. … Continue reading Day 140-141, Stehekin,Wa. – Holman Fire Detour
Day 138 8/25/18 2531.5-2552.6 When we got into camp last night I could see my breath! This morning is chilly and overcast again, it's looking like rain today so I'm taking my time getting packed up. Two oatmeal packets soaking and a cup of coffee while I look out at fog laced trees. Once I … Continue reading Day 138 – 139, Bannock Lake Detour/Holden Village
Day 136 8/23/18 Last night there were about 7 tents set up at the campsite but surprisingly a good nights sleep. Usually with so many around there is someone snoring and our luxury air mattresses squeak like hands rubbing a balloon. Not a whole lot happened today although right away I could tell we might … Continue reading Day 136 – 137, 2482.5 – 2531.5
Day 134 8/21/18 Zero in Leavenworth. Yesterday Kelly picked us up at Stevens Pass and brought us into Leavenworth, a small touristy Bavarian themed town. We sometimes drive up here during the winter when the streets are glowing with Christmas lights and candy canes. This is the last stop for Kelly until she picks us … Continue reading Day 134 – 135, Zero in Leavenworth- 2482.5
Day 132 8/19/18 2413.8 - 2439.8. 26 miles Last night Morgan received his trail name of "Prince" by Bud Light. He was laying in his hammock so rather than having him get out I made him his dinner (not a difficult task, just boiled water in a dehydrated meal) and took it to him or … Continue reading Day 132 – 133, 2413.8 – 2464.1 Hiker fell off trail.
Today we'll get into Snoqualmie Pass to see Kelly,Morgan, Korin and my sister Jenny for breakfast. Morgan will be joining us for the next 70 miles to Stevens Pass. This morning was very foggy, so much so that it was raining under the trees from the condensation. I do enjoy days like this, the forest … Continue reading Day 130 – 131, 2370.8 – 2413.8 Snoqualmie Pass
Day 128 8/15/18 2320.4 - 2347 26.6 miles Above: Smokey morning at Dewey Lake, this is a popular 3 mile day hike from the Chinook Pass Parking area. Above: Bud Light left camp about 5 minutes earlier than me and came across a bear cub climbing a tree. I assume he initially scared the cub … Continue reading Day 128 -129, 2320.4 – 2370.8 Chinook Pass