A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a work meeting on White Pass, where the PCT passes right through. Exciting! I hiked up as far as I could and honestly? I felt a chill just imagining the fact that this trail runs all the way to the Mexican border. Do we live in a great country or what? I also realized two other things:
1. There's a lot of snow still. At 5,000 feet! Which is good. Maybe a fire won't close the trail, one of my biggest worries.
2. The mosquitoes are fierce. My plant-based repellent could not stand up to the task and I resorted to running down the trail shrieking. But they're out now, right? Which means they won't be in August?
|I hiked towards Canada and towards Mexico on two separate days. Here's a lake I found.|
|I was trying to get a picture of Mount Rainier through these trees, but the light wasn't great. But the trees are pretty cool--really different than our trees over here on the dry side.|
We also received our first trail magic without even getting on the trail! (Trail magic is when people, often complete strangers, provide things like rides, water caches, random food, or places to stay). A friend said we could stay at her house the day before the hike for our big pack explosion and resupply extravaganza. (To be honest, I asked her, but she could have said no.) Yay for trail magic!
All right. I am off to trim my insoles and put them in my shoes. Then I can cross something off my LIST!