Day 116, 30 miles
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
I’m feeling so good. I feel strong and healthy. I am really happy I’ve made it this far. The trail feels so easy. I’m just gliding along with my earphones in, listening to my favourite tunes.
The forest opened up to a picnic area off a dirt road. There was a car with it’s back hatch open. I saw coolers….I saw a grill…could it be?…YES! Trail Magic! Señor Whiskers hiked the pct last year. He has made lunch for us thru hikers coming by. Salad, root beer, and chili dogs. Thx Señor Whiskers.
All day long the trail went up. Never ending hill. False summit after false summit. I liked it. It’s a perfect, warm temperature. There are sunny skies and a cool breeze. The trail is clear of debris and there are no mosquitoes. There is a view of Mount Adams in the distance to the north. I’ll be there tomorrow. I’m loving Washington.
The berries are out and ripe. Huckleberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I’ve tried them all.
I’ve ditched my water filter. I am so over filtering. It takes too much time. I’m drinking straight from the streams. I think I am immune to giardia. I have a teeny eye dropper of bleach for pond or any other questionable water sources. I have my new shoes since Sisters. So much better to hike in shoes with tread and without huge holes. I have a stove again. My morale is better when I have hot meals at the end of the day and coffee in the morning.
This evening we hiked past pretty Blue Lake and we’re camped on a sandy, treed peninsula on Bear Lake.
4 thoughts on “Washington magic”
Sally so excited that we get to see you soon!! Can’t believe how fast you’ve been going – definitely take your time on this last stretch and savour!!! So very very happy for you. Our house is pretty close to party shape so you know we’ll be having one for you when you are back but umm…. don’t do anything more to earn the name Stumble-lina unless it’s a minor one and beer induced ;D
Michelle, Meghan & Steve
No, not beer induced. Must keep hydrated, so max one beer a day if any at all.
Yay, party at Midnight snax house. Looking forward to seeing you and all. xox
Bet you can count the days on your toes