The End of the Beginning- We Made It!

 

Wow wow wowie wow! We finished the trail!! After walking 2,660.1 miles in just a day under five months all of a sudden we found ourselves crossing the Canadian border on Monday morning. What a huge adventure and experience it has been! I remember starting the trail way back in April and Luke telling me that by the time we got to Washington it would be a “victory lap” and that we would “fly right through it.”

Yoga at the Monument!

Yoga at the Monument!

It turns out, Washington was one of the most challenging sections of the trail- we faced washed out trail sections, huge downed trees, giant climbs, exposed ridge walking, tough rocky trails, frozen fingers & toes, much more rain than we were prepared for and snow! We also got to walk on top of beautiful ridges, enjoy some gloriously sunny days, look out over huge views, work our bodies hard, eat a whole bunch of extra treats to stay warm and just enjoy the heck out of the trail!

We left Skykomish/Steven’s Pass with 180 miles standing between us and the end of the trail. We had heard rumors that it would be raining for the whole 100 miles to Stehekin (our last trail town) but we left town in high spirits. We had a gorgeous sunny afternoon to hike out and had thoroughly enjoyed resting at the Dinsomore’s Hiker Haven- they were the last established trail angels on trail.

Great trail angels at a much needed rest spot!

Great trail angels at a much needed rest spot!

We hiked around 9 miles out that afternoon and camped at a  lake with two section hikers. We woke up to an amazing sunrise with plans to do a bunch of miles to take advantage of the sunny day. We hiked into the Glacier Peak Wilderness and had our first views of Glacier Peak and the surrounding mountains. The mountains were sharp, rugged and cliffy ahead of us and we spent most of the day climbing up and down onto exposed ridges. Luckily the rain held off just about until we arrived at camp. As we hiked our last miles of the days fog and clouds began to rise up over the ridge we were walking on and down into the valley. When we arrived at camp we were surrounded in a misty foggy cloud and shortly after we finished dinner the rain began. We also ran into our friend Rabbit Stick that night and he gave us a HUGE bag of huckleberries that we ate by the spoonful!

Sunrise

Sunrise

Hiking!

Almost at our breakfast spot for the day!

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Glacier Peak

PCT

PCT

One of the many mountain lakes

One of the many mountain lakes

Views!

Views and sunshine make for happy hikers!

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Another pristine lake

Clouds starting to build

Clouds starting to build

And the fog starts to come in

And the fog starts to come in…

Almost to camp and surrounded by the mist and fog

Almost to camp and surrounded by the mist and fog

The next few days we were in a perpetual cloud..just like this.

The next few days we were in a perpetual cloud..just like this.

The next few days we were hiking in mist that would gradually turn into rain and then back to mist and clouds. We also had quite a few large and icy riving crossings to do. One of the themes of this area seemed to be bridges that were washed out, broken or made of giant blow-downs. There was also a brand new bridge built that added 5 miles to the trail- but we were so glad to have it there! This section also took us through an amazing old growth tree grove where some of the trees were over 500 or 600 years old. There were also numerous trees across the trail that we would go over, under and around. I had one of my coldest mornings on the trail in this section – we started early to catch the 3pm bus from the trail to Stehekin (our last trail town). We were hiking in the icy rain and through a trail that was at times more stream than trail. My toes rapidly went numb and we hiked as fast as we could in order to stay warm and to do 22 miles before 3pm in order to make the bus. We hiked fast (and at times ran) these 22 miles and we made it to the bus to Stehekin with just 10 minutes to spare and with a rain free afternoon! We headed into Stekehin for an afternoon of rest and what turned out to be a much needed and fun zero day.

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Huge washout

One of the many "bridges" we crossed

One of the many “bridges” we crossed

Broken bridge

Broken bridge

The rainy weather made for a very green and lush forest to hike through.

The rainy weather made for a very green and lush forest to hike through.

Old growth trees

Old growth trees

Cold morning views

Cold morning views

Glacial river

Glacial river

Trees down

Trees down

Watefall

Watefall

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Stream or trail?

North Cascades National Park!

North Cascades National Park!

We made it to High Bridge with 10 minutes to spare!

We made it to High Bridge with 10 minutes to spare!

This river flows into Lake Chelan- a 40ish mile long lake that the "town" of Stehekin is located on.

This river flows into Lake Chelan- a 40ish mile long lake that the “town” of Stehekin is located on.

Stehekin- According to trail legend Billy Goat- is the Best place in America. We found it hard to disagree. There really isn’t very much there, and I can’t imagine that there are more than 100 full time residents. A post office, resort, and an absolutely phenomenal bakery is really all there is. Though there is a road that runs through town, it doesn’t lead anywhere- the road runs the length of the valley, bordered on one side by high mountains and the other by the long Lake Chelan. Lake Chelan is a beautiful blue-green lake fed by glacial meltwater. In our day and a half in Stehekin, we visited the Bakery 3 times, spent two wonderful nights with friends by the lake, and soaked up some much needed sun. By the following morning, when it was time to leave, we felt ready to set out for the last 80 miles, and the few days of rain we knew were in the forecast.

Instigate soaking it all in

Instigate soaking it all in

Kale and Whiskey in Stehekin- what else?

Kale and Whiskey in Stehekin- what else?

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Left to Right-
Scrub, Instigate, Carrot (back row), Lotus, Hermes, Spark, Blur, Robin Hood, Tallywa, Samba, Jackrabbit, Rabbit Stick

Hiker boxes in Stehekin, the last trail town

Hiker boxes in Stehekin, the last trail town

Leaving Stehekin the trail follows valleys up to 6000 and 7000 feet, where it stays virtually until the end. The first day out we had great weather, and could really feel the cool fall air. Of the seasonal foliage that there was in the mostly evergreen forests, much was changing in to its fall colors. A great group of people hiked out of Stehekin at the same time as us, and everyone from this group finished the same day as us. Our first night out it rained overnight, and we had a few showers the next morning, but the rain unexpectedly held off for most of the first day, giving one last great day of hiking. Of course, this pattern did not hold, and by the following morning, until after we finished, there was some form of precipitation coming down from the sky. Our second day out of Stehekin we got some amazing trail magic at Harts Pass, just 30 miles from the Canadian Border. We had hiked 27 miles to get there knowing that in case it was pouring we could always sleep in the pit toilets there- fortunately it stayed dry enough that we were warm and happy sleeping in our tent. We also managed to avoid any unexpected stays in the pit toilet bathrooms- some hikers weren’t quite as lucky though. Serpent Slayer and Slick B. proved to be an amazing trail angel duo, and they kept the fire, food and music going until hiker midnight- these days sometime around 9:00 PM.The next morning , fueled by pancakes and hot coffee we headed out in to another day of rain, but the knowledge that it was our last full day kept us going strong and happy! Recent washouts the size of swimming pools slowed us slightly, but they weren’t quite as bad as the trail rumors purported them to be- check out photos below. It began to snow on us towards the end of the day- by the following morning we woke up in 5 inches of snow! The snow made it a little bit harder to get out of the tent, but Blur and Goodall left around 7 AM and that motivated us to get up and going.

The trail in Washington is... tough

The trail in Washington is… tough

2601 miles!

2601 miles!

Scrub on a big climb

Scrub on a big climb

Beautiful

Beautiful

Sub- Alpine Larch

Sub- Alpine Larch

Unexpected sunny weather!

Trail Magic!

Trail Magic!

Scrub soaking it all in

Scrub soaking it all in

On our last day, after two totally surreal hours of hiking (and 5 months of hiking before it), we hit the Canadian Border. Both of us had always imagined this to be the climactic moment for the end of the trip, but on arrival, it felt a little subdued, knowing there were still 8 miles left until we got to the road. We finished with Jackrabbit, Instigate, Spark, and Scrub. Cookie, Blur, and Goodall finished an hour ahead of us, and Carrot, Robin Hood, Samba and Tallywa finished a few hours after us. The real moment when it felt like the trail ended was when-… well it was when the trail ended- it hit a road that it did not cross. We arrived at Manning Park Resort, and sat around, warming up with friends and relishing in that moment. It was blissful.

We woke up to 5 inches of snow around our tent on the last day!

We woke up to 5 inches of snow around our tent on the last day!

Snowy Trail!

Snowy Trail!

2,660.1 miles

2,660.1 miles

Yoga at the Monument!

Yoga at the Monument!

The monument

The monument

The literal end of the trail at the road...

The literal end of the trail at the road…

Manning Park- no more walking

Manning Park- no more walking

Staying warm after a five month hike.

Staying warm after a five month hike.

So- what’s next? For now we are in Bellingham staying with Luke’s friend Ben and having an amazing time. Next up is Seattle and then Portland and then San Francisco. After we take a few days to rest and re-acclimate to the world we will have some post trip reflections, gear reviews and some additional photos up on the blog. Until then- thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout this hike! Family, friends, sponsors, strangers who became friends, complete strangers and others have been so nice and generous and excited to help us finish this hike- THANK YOU!

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Timberline to White’s Pass

Timberline to White’s Pass

Wow- a lot has happened since our last blog post! Hermes is back on trail, we had my family visit, and now we are hiking in Washington with under 400 miles left to go! I’ll try and keep the post relatively short (we have tons of photos to share).

When Hermes hitched up to Cascade Locks from Timberline, I did the 48 miles from Timberline to Cascade Locks solo. It was the first time I had done any overnight solo hiking, and it was a really good experience. I had two big river crossings, a big climb and a gorgeous side trail down Eagle Creek with amazing waterfalls to do. I got a ride back to the trail from Portland with the trail angel/past thru hiker Sidhartha- thanks again! I hiked off that afternoon and did my first two river crossings and the climb all in that first day. By the time I got to camp that night I had done 19 miles. This left me just under 30 miles to get to Cascade Locks and I figured I would shoot to arrive the next day- a whole half day earlier than I had predicted.

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Views of Mt Hood!

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Mt Hood

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Mt Hood even closer

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Can’t get enough of these epic mountain views

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Ramona Falls

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Crossing Muddy Creek… quite the adventure making it safely to the other side

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Evening view of Mt Hood

With Hermes waiting for me in Cascade Locks, I decided to take a video of the early morning sunrise  and then push miles to make it that evening. I started hiking shortly after 6am and headed off towards the Eagle Creek Trail. Eagle Creek is a side trail that leads into Cascade Locks and has amazing waterfalls all along it, including one that you walk behind through a tunnel. Before I knew it, I had reached the bottom of Eagle Creek and had a 3 mile road walk into Cascade Locks, it was 3pm. I had done almost 30 miles by the time I arrived at Shrek’s (a trail angel) and it was 4pm and I was so happy to see Hermes! We had two more days to rest and relax until my family would join us for three days of hiking. We were hoping that Hermes would rest up and be ready to hike a few low mile days with my family and then hop back on trail injury free.

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Morning sunrise

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Mt Hood

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Foggy morning

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First of many waterfalls along the Eagle Creek trail

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Small waterfall with a cave

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Trail on Eagle Creek

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Another huge waterfall

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Second view of the same waterfall

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Front view of the same fall

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This is the huge waterfall that a tunnel goes behind

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Tunnel ahead!

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In the tunnel

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Made it out the other side!

 

My second night in Cascade Locks- my family arrived! My mom and Maxx (my brother) showed up with a car full of treats and surprises including an epic vegan birthday cake!! Thank you Mom!! We had a feast the night they arrived and then packed up to hike out the next morning. Shrek dropped us off at the trail head where we would head south for 33 miles over 3 days and end up back in Cascade Locks. Having my mom and Maxx join was a blast! Our first day out we faced down a hornets nest in the trail, had some climbing and finally ended our day after 13 miles! I was really impressed that my mom was able to keep up and she and Maxx added a lot of fun to our hike. As we headed South we ran into other thru hikers that we hadn’t seen for quite a while, including Miss Maggie, Uncle Famous and Ain’t Nothin Wrong With That! We also remembered to pack out a piece of vegan cake for VP (Vegan Paul) the only other vegan I have met on trail.

 

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Amazing Birthday Cake!!

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Yumm!

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Maxx and my Mom!

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Hermes, me, Maxx and my Mom hitting the trail!

 

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My Mom loved the forest and huge trees we camped near our first night out

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Uncle Famous, Iant and Miss Maggie- we hadn’t seen them since mile 700!

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Mom and Maxx

 

 

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Rabbit Stick!

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Hermes and I

 

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Getting a little stretch

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Views

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Family photo!

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507.2 miles to Canada!

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My Mom couldn’t get enough photos!

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Washington!

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Crossing the Bridge of the Gods

 

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Bridge Crossing

 

Three days after their arrival, my Mom and Maxx finished their 33 mile section of hiking. They did an awesome job! We headed out back to the trail to camp with them one last night before they took off. They also left us with a bunch of trail magic to share with other hikers. We had been hoping that Hermes would be ready to go after these three low mile days, but unfortunately he wasn’t quite healed. We said goodbye to my mom and Maxx and decided to do an on trail zero and hand out some trial magic. Hermes went and set up camp while I slack packed/ran the three miles of trail I needed to cover to actually “be” where we were camping. We spent the day sharing beers, OJ, bars and fruit with all of the thru hikers that came through and ran into more old friends including Robin Hood!

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Enjoying a coconut water after my slack pack/run!

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Sharing some trail magic

After our on trail zero we headed out to hike! Unfortunately, after about a half an hour of hiking Hermes realized he wasn’t ready to go. We decided he would hitch to Trout Lake and I would hike the next 50 miles solo and meet him there. It was a huge disappointment for him to miss another section of trail but we both realized it would be better for him to get more rest and to have him back on trial for the upcoming Goat Rocks Wilderness. I hiked out and caught up with Carrot, Egg, Burrito Grande and Robin Hood and managed to get 30 miles for the day. We all camped together that night and then pushed onward to Trout Lake where I would meet Hermes…and hopefully he would get back on trail!

 

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I passed 2200 miles! Only 460 left to go from there!

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Mmm lake water…

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Burrito Grande collecting “Shtein Piltz” for dinner

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Robin Hood picking wild strawberries…we all felt like bears

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Goodall collecting strawberries for breakfast

When I arrived at the road for Trout Lake, Hermes was there sitting next to a big barrel of trail magic from the Zen Buddhist Center in Trout Lake…and he was ready to hike!!! He was feeling better and we decided we would head out the next morning. We had some amazing hiking ahead- Mt Adams into the Goat Rock’s Wilderness.

 

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Mt Adams ahead!

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So reminiscent of the Sierra

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Huge Views

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Oh Hey!

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Hermes takes awesome flower photos

 

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Ice cold snow melt water

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Mt Adams

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River crossings are my least favorite

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This is the Washington I was expecting!

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Foggy morning start

Hiking around Adams reminded us both so much of the Sierra- it was full of snowy views, a giant mountain and gorgeous water and meadows. We headed off into Goat Rocks the next day where the highly anticipated Knife’s Edge lay waiting for us. We also wondered if we would actually see any mountain goats…

Here’s a video of us walking on the Knife’s Edge and another of a family of goats we saw later that day!

 

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We made it to Goat Rocks!

 

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Goat Rocks ahead!

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Views of Mt Adams behind us

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Goat Rocks is gorgeous

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Loving the view

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Hermes on trail with no pain!!

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Wildflowers

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More epic views

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Meadows

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These remind me of truffala trees

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Mountain Meadows

 

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All of the white dots are a huge family of mountain goats!!!

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Our house for the night

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Mt Adams

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Hiking!

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Mountain Meadows

 

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Knife’s Edge Ahead!

 

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Snow crossing

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Climbing up towards the Knife’s Edge

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Huge Views

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The Ridge ahead is where we walk along the Knife’s edge

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Another, scarier, snow crossing

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You can see the trail stretching across the ridge for miles

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Hermes and I ready to start the trek across!

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Hermes!

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Going down

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Mount Rainer!!

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Glaciers

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Hermes is awesome

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Rainer and some yoga

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Goat Rocks is Epic!!

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Wow…so many big views

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Huge Glaciers

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Goat Rocks

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More views

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Mountain Spring

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Mount Rainer

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Shoe Lake

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Evening Sky

 

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The trail through Washington

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More mountain goats!!

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It’s breathtaking there

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Hiking

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Meadows

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The trail stretching back behind us

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Rainer!

We made it into White’s Pass this morning with plans to pick up our packages and head off. We were so surprised and thrilled to have not one but two care packages! When we arrived we heard talk of a huge storm and the weather forecast predicted flash floods, mudslides, thunderstorms, and quarter sized hail. Needless to say, we took our friend Blur up on his offer to pick us up and take us to Packwood to spend the afternoon staying dry and hanging out with him and Goodall. We plan to head back to the trail tomorrow and keep on ticking off miles- we have under 400 miles left to go and I can’t believe we are getting so close to the end…

 

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What an AMAZING Surprise care package from Kath and Andrew- thanks so much you two!! So full of treats and such a great surprise!

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Thank you Ellen for your amazing and delicious vegan cookies!!!!

500 miles: Big Days, Big Wind & Big Desert

Well we did it- we passed the 500 mile mark! Hooray! Oh wait- we still have 2160 miles to go! We are currently in Tehachapi and we have just passed over 550 miles hiked and are still having an amazing time. Hermes and I left Agua Dulce a few days ago with the intention of “maybe” stopping at The Andersons, or Casa de Luna. The Andersons are amazing trail angels located just 24 miles from the Saufleys (where we took our first zero day), and there is a reputation of it being a big non stop party. We were a little wary of this because after all of the fun we had at the Saufley’s we were ready for a good night of sleep. Our friend, Yusuke, caught up with us just as we arrived at the trail head and after a short time of trying for a hitch we were picked up by a woman and her sleeping baby and immediately shuttled off to the Andersons.

Waiting for a hitch to the Andersons.

Waiting for a hitch to the Andersons.

Although it was definitely a party scene it was also a blast. Terrie served up a huge round of taco salad and we caught up with a bunch of people we hadn’t seen in a few days and met some new hikers. We headed off to bed early, ready to leave and hike the next morning….but that didn’t happen! The next day started off with pancakes and coffee and after Hermes ate five pancakes we looked at each other and decided to go find somewhere to set our tent back up.

Tent sites in the manzanillo forest behind Casa de Luna

Tent sites in the manzanillo forest behind Casa de Luna

We took our second zero at the Anderson’s and had a great time hanging out, doing some yoga, resting up and we were even treated to a cello concert that evening by Cuddles– “possibly the foremost cello playing thru hiker on the PCT.”

Hanging out at Casa de Luna

Hanging out at Casa de Luna

We left the Anderson’s the next morning on May 24th- our one month Trailversary! We headed out with our friend Chad, or Happy Feet/iChad/Chadderz, who we left Kick Off with on our first night hike almost a month before. We planned to try and push the 40 miles from the Anderons all the way to Hikertown. We had a full moon that night, and although we didn’t leave the Andersons until after 9 am that day, we thought we could do it. We started the hike with a climb, and then kept climbing slowly up for most of the day. Around dinner time the three of us stopped on the side of the trail to cook dinner and shortly we were joined by Hummingbird and Wildcat. 

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After dinner we made it past the 500 mile mark (!) and kept on going.

500 miles in!!

500 miles in!!

 We reached the top of a ridge as the sun was setting and the moon made it’s appearance behind us. We were treated to a gorgeous view of sunset and moonrise at the same time. We didn’t make it the full 40 miles to Hikertown, but we did manage to do our first 30 mile day, which left us an easy 10 miles into Hikertown the next morning.

Moonrise!

Moonrise!

Hikertown is full of old movie set discards and is set up to look like an old western style town. We hung out for the heat of the day before heading off to hike the 30ish mile section that is the official Mojave Desert.

Hikertown! So sad that we missed our care package there!

Hikertown! So sad that we missed our care package there!

The first 16 miles or so is along the LA Aquaduct..some of which is open water, other parts are a giant black metal pipe, and the majority is buried underground and covered over with smooth concrete. It was straight, flat and easy walking especially in the cool of the evening and the lower than average temperatures we had for that section.

LA Aquaduct

LA Aquaduct

A few miles into our hike we were met by Cartwheel, a PCT hiker who was taking time off to be in a friends wedding and trail angeling in his down time. Cartwheel fed us watermelon, ice cold beers and gave us chairs to sit while we enjoyed his generosity. Awesome trail angel!

Watermelon & Beer!

Watermelon & Beer!

Thanks Cartwheel!

Thanks Cartwheel!

Leaving Hikertown, we planned to hike 10 or so miles, but six miles in we were pooped. The 30 miler the day before had left me exhausted. We called it a day with a total of 16 miles and went to sleep ready to finish the aquaduct and desert section early the next morning.

Over the next day and a half we walked through huge numbers of wind turbines, which were beautiful to look at from afar. But it turns out that these wind turbines were sited perfectly- the wind didn’t stop as we walked through these fields of turbines.

Turbines!

Turbines!

We seemed to have a constant wind of 30ish mph with gusts up to 65mph. I was getting tossed around on the trail and we made some slow time through there. At one point, Hermes turned to me and said he could understand why Don Quixote had gone crazy with all of the windmills. We kept pushing on though, knowing that Tehachapi wasn’t far and that when we got there we would be visiting Blue Ginger Pho for Vietnamese food!!

Once we arrived at the trail head to hitch in Tehachapi, we were instantly greated by a trail angel dropping three hikers off and who offered us a ride into Tehachapi. We were dropped off in Tehachapi in front of two Best Westerns and a Fairfield Inn. We knew this would be our last chance for a hotel like this for many miles and had decided we would stay at the cheapest of the three. Shortly after calling my mom for her help checking rates at the Fairfield, she had booked us a room using her Marriot points. WOW! We have so enjoyed our clean, comfortable and quiet room- thank you Mom!!

After checking in we got a quick hitch over Blue Ginger Pho and enjoyed an amazing and vegan town meal! So far I have been eating veggie burgers and fries, but this time I was able to eat as much Vietnamese food as I could. Tehachapi is definitely a vegan friendly town. We had no trouble resupplying hear and found some great dinners to take out on the trail!

We had a huge contintental breakfast this morning and are currently looking outside at a rain and cloud filled day with a high wind warning. We plan to hit the trail tonight because as unpleasant as rain and wind seems, the temperature is still below 70 and it will be a treat to not hike this section in the 90+ heat that is normal for this time of year.

Two notes- please email us if you do send a care package, we very sadly missed one in Hikertown. Second- the pictures below are all out of order and I had a hard time captioning  them with the hotel computers..sorry about that!

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Our huge lunch at Blue Ginger Pho in Tehachapi!

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More turbines…

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More turbines.

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Moon view.

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Wind turbines in the distance.

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Incredibly windy section full of wind farms.

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The desert.

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Orange moon rise in the Mojave.

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Desert walking…

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Joshua Trees.

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Aquaduct.

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Walking on the closed aquaduct.

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Updog.

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Downdog.

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The first portion of the LA Aquaduct..open water in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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Oh..good!

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Moonrise!

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Moonrise

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The official PCT 500 mile marker- actually at mile 502..

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Break time!

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Trailside cave

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Phat-man-do arriving in full hiking gear…his neighbor was the person that Crocodile Dundee is based on!

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Wheelbarrow full of beer courtesy of Casa de Luna.

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Care package from Keen! Thank you!!!

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Agua Dulce- In to the Desert, and Trail Hazards

We’ve made it to Hiker Heaven! We’re at the home of the Saufley’s, in Agua Dulce, CA, a small town through which the trail walks. The Saufley’s is more of an institution than just one Trail Angel- it’s many people volunteering however they can to create a space for hikers to clean off, rest, and eat. We’re loving it here. That said: its been tough getting here.

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Becky hiding from the poodle dog bush

The last 50 or so miles of trail have given us a little insight to an important part of the desert- fires. We walked through the “Station 9” fire, which happened during Fall 2009, burning thousands of acres; and roughly 40 contiguous miles of the PCT. Two firefighters passed in the event. It was totally an education in the fragility of the land we are walking through, and gave me an appreciation for the forests and un-burned landscapes we do get to see. After a burn, it takes many years to recover to an ecosystem’s previous health, if it ever does. In fact, in the areas we walked through, it doesn’t look like its recovering at all. Much of it was overgrown with “Poodle Dog Bush,” an invasive plants species that takes over after fires. The last 40-50 miles have been littered with this stuff- oh, and despite the silly name, it causes a rash 10 times worse than Poison Oak, often putting folks in the hospital. The stench is strong enough that it burns your lung as you pass by. During the whole time we walked through the Poodle Dog Bush, I couldn’t help but imagine what the pre- burn forest looked like. It was hotter because there was no shade, Poodle Dog Bush was all around, and often we found ourselves on detours on the road, because the trail was too hazardous to pass. All in all a tough section.

There aren’t too many show stopping stories from this last section. That said, its been good to see a few folks around on the trail. Mud & Dingo showed up out of Wrightwood, and they keep a day- to- day blog which you can find here: http://wearehikingthepct.blogspot.ca/?m=1  Its also been great to hike around Agro, Uncle Famous, Ian’t, Chad, Frostie,  Walkie Talkie, and many others who are keeping about the same pace as us. At times, the PCT feels like the AT in how social the trail is; we can go days where we see 20-30 other hikers and then other days where we don’t see anyone. The Saufley’s is full tonight with over 50 hikers, but its been great to meet so many people in this first section.

Moving on from here we really enter the desert. Agua Dulce, which is almost close enough to be a suburb of LA (30 min drive) borders the Mojave desert, and we’ll be hiking through some of the hottest and driest sections we have encountered so far. Lotus (Becky) and I have been both dreading and looking forward to it. We’ll be doing a significant amount of night hiking, and regularly be carrying 8- 12 pounds of water (ugh). Anyways, its sure to be an adventure, and we have the High Sierra to look forward to- we are anticipating entering early in the first week of June (so Soon!) More To Come!

Another quick note and thank you for some amazing trail magic- Brett in Wrightwood found us outside the hardware store and gave us a ride, took us to his house where Lotus and I did yoga, cooked dinner for us and three other hikers, let us hang out and watch movies and then took us back out to the trail. Thank you Brett!!! Also- Jeff who picked us up in downtown Wrightwood and hosted us and about 7 other hikers at his house. He gave us showers, let us do laundry and he and his son and daughter were incredibly welcoming. Thank you Jeff!! Keen sent us new socks and a care package full of tasty bars. Lotus’ mom also sent us an amazing care package with tons of vegan cookies, dried fruit, a giant size nutella, almonds and some soap (THANK YOU!). And my parents sent bars, fancy chocolate and some candy- THANK YOU!

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Hanging out at the Saufleys
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Vasquez Rocks- the Flinstones, Star Trek, and tons of old western movies were made here

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Poodle Dog Bush! Ahhhhhghh

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On the way into Wrightwood

 

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Uskay, Mud, Dingo and a few others hitching into Wrightwood

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Hanging out with Brett! An amazing trail angel we met in Wrightwood who was building a 10 star new stone wall!

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Baden Powel

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Lotus at 9,400′

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Headstands at 9,400′ on top of Baden Powell

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Chad, Robin Hood and us on top of Baden Powell!

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This tree is over 1,500 years old!

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View coming down from Baden Powell

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Pine forests in the desert..always unexpected and always beautiful!

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Packing up 18 miles of water…

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More climbing

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We LOVE Raw Revolution Bars- Thank you!!

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GIant Poodle Dog Bush!

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Poodle Dog Bush and Burnt Trees on our road walk

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Station Fire Plaque

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Burnt down prison where Hermes wanted to stop and take photos