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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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Day 136: Washington’s Beautiful

This morning I woke to frost on the ground and ice on the tent. The early morning sunshine hadn’t yet reached our campsite and the temperature remained low enough to preserve the sparkling crystals on everything from leaves to trekking poles. The chill didn’t deter the camp robbers though, the gray jays. As we breakfasted and packed up camp I…

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Day 135: Civilisation and Wilderness

Leaving Snoqualmie Pass was harder than I imagined it would be. Despite the patchy sunshine there was a definite chill in the air and the damp I associate with autumn hung over the valley. We delayed the inevitable as long as possible: had a lazy morning, a late breakfast and did a good amount of lounging on the sofas in…

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Day 134: Snoqualmie Pass

The 18 miles to Snoqualmie Pass were supposed to feel quick, compared to a normal 25-30 mile day, but the terrain is pretty rocky with some steepish climbs and descents so it didn’t quite work that way. Nevertheless we could hear the roar of I-90 by noon and we were at the pass before 2:30pm. We arrived to find a…

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Day 133: Washington Trail Magic

The inhabitants of Camp Urich awoke this morning to misty meadows. We, and Stargazer, were the only ones with dryish tents having pitched in the woods, whilst those close to the meadow or in clearings were covered in dew. The hike up the hillside was chilly and damp, and we moved in and out of the cloud for over an…

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Day 132: Social Day

We left the strangely well-populated Dewey Lake early, and soon came upon highway 410 at Chinook Pass, a major route into Mount Rainier National Park. There were already lots of cars there and we could see where the weekenders had come from. It also had an outhouse. Luxury. Not far along the hillside we came to Sheep Lake, also popular…

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