Hiking, PCT 2015, Travels

Day 146: Hanging Out at the Ranch

Today was a zero day for me – I’d arrived at High Bridge more than a day earlier than I’d expected and Chug wasn’t arriving on the ferry from Chelan until around lunchtime today. I made the most of the great food at the ranch, and hung around in the upstairs common room doing a jigsaw puzzle and reading some…

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Day 144: Suiattle River and Cloudy Pass

I was sitting with my coffee looking out at the sunrise over the distant mountains when I heard NightShip shouting at the top of his lungs the words “I’m shouting at the top of my lungs”. Question being, why on earth?? It’s 7:30am and you’re destroying the serenity of the wilderness already. Gah. Rebo’s group is bugging me. The trail…

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Day 143: Up and Down!

Woah, some big climbs today. Over 8,500ft of climbing, plus the descents in between of over 6,000ft. I’m so tired! Unfortunately I ran into a hiker going by the name of Rebo who immediately irked me. He was hollering every half mile or so to let his group know he was nearby. Unfortunately we were climbing up a big hill…

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Day 142: I See You!

Today was beautiful but hard and long. But I saw a marmot so everything was ok! I couldn’t manage to get a picture of it before it hid under a rock, so I snapped a couple of a curious pika instead. I left camp fairly late, as there was no real rush and it was cold out. Hiking in the…

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Day 140: Waiting II

We had shared the hotel’s bunk room with Doc and Colin so we had breakfast with them – a buffet on Sundays, perfect for hungry hikers. Endless plates of bacon and Spanish omelette, blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit. And coffee, of course. Given we weren’t planning to leave Skykomish today, we went along to the home of trail angels Andrea…

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Day 139: Waiting

Skykomish is a pretty small town, with one hotel, a pub and a post office. The food at the Cascadia Inn is pretty good, and the library opens on Saturdays. We caught up with Doc and Colin over breakfast, which was great as I haven’t seen Colin since the desert. We also managed to get laundry done at the new…

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Day 137: Wet Walking

Today was rainy and misty for most of the day. The lake we had seen from camp the night before was blanketed in cloud as we hiked down the hill towards the Waptus River. The rocks and the wooden bridges were slippery and it was a relief to get into the forest where the trail was softer. I don’t know…

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