PCT Thruhike: Section 3

Please enjoy the combination of video, mini blog, and photo gallery of our third week on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Click here for a link to the Section 3 Gallery!

Mini-Blog:

Sunday, June 30:

  • Day: 12
  • Miles Hiked Today: 9.8 (or 12.8 if you got lost and your name is Melissa)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 148.6
  • Update: Today was both awesome and terrible. We spent the night in Packwood, so got a chance to catch up on social media as well as eat a yummy town breakfast! We checked out at 11am with the plan to hike a “nero” (near zero) day just 10 miles out of White Pass. Our biggest concern was getting a 25 mile hitch back to the trail… but we lucked out when a former thruhiker picked us up almost immediately! That was where the good part ended.  As soon as we hit the trail, it was all mosquitoes, mud, rain, hail, and thunder…not a fun combo…especially when one of us (me, lol) does 3 “bonus” miles because apparently reading trail signs is now beneath me…then, we barely got the tent set up before we were POUNDED with rain and hail. Our tent is currently sitting in a puddle, but we’re dry and will survive…

Monday, July 1:

  • Day: 13
  • Miles Hiked Today: 15.7
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 164.3
  • Update: Today we had MUCH more pleasant weather and trail conditions than yesterday and with more views! We began the day with terrible mosquitoes, but then were able to take two mosquito free breaks above treeline today with views of Mt. Rainier. That was new! We usually have spent our breaks as five minute swatting sessions. It is, in fact, raining now, but at least Odin let us make dinner and set up our tent first tonight! We also made a new Israeli friend in camp tonight.

Tuesday, July 2:

  • Day: 14
  • Miles Hiked Today: 13.8
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 178.1
  • Update: Today we walked through an eternal cold mist over passes with only seas of fog for views. It was pretty, especially with the budding wildflowers, but we’re very cold now hunkered down in our tent after a short hiking day. We never got a chance to dry out from last night’s rain, so everything just feels a bit moist. Tomorrow will be another short day with the goal of staying at a cabin on the trail! Hoping to have a fire and dry out a bit! Can’t type more…fingers too cold…

Wednesday, July 3:

  • Day: 15
  • Miles Hiked Today: 12.8
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 199.9 (This number may seem to skip ahead because it does. My mental daily math got off somehow…so this is the real mileage since Bridge of the Gods)
  • Update: We made it to the Mike Urich cabin! It was another dreary day, so we are so glad to have the afternoon to dry out our gear and relax a bit under a roof! It was an easy hiking day,  but we start kicking up the miles a bit for the next two days with 18.5 mile days followed by a short 8 mile day into town. Our last forecast said we’re should be rain free for the next few data, but we’ll believe it when we see it! In other news,  I saw an injured elk calf today near the trail. He just looked at me for a long time and I had no way to help. He had a chunk of flesh missing from his hind side, like he’d fallen hard on a rock? I tried making elk noises to see if I could find his mother,  but ultimately had to move on and let nature run its course. It made me very sad. P.S. We met two new friends at the cabin tonight around a campfire: Josh and Laugh.

Thursday, July 4:

  • Day: 16
  • Miles Hiked Today: 18.7
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 218.7
  • Update:  The sun came out today! It was lovely to see actual views from our mountain perches. Also, today was our biggest mile day yet as we start to ease ourselves towards 20s. Best of all, today we saw LOTS of other thruhikers.  Most of them were Northbound Flip Floppers (those who started at the Mexican border but flipped up due to terrible weather in the Sierras this year), but we’ve also been meeting authentic Southbounders (SOBOs)! The PCT, like the AT, has an amazing communication network called the trail vine where information is spread up and down the trail between insta-friends exchanging knowledge. It’s beautiful and fun. AND happy belated Fourth of July!

Friday, July 5:

  • Day: 17
  • Miles Hiked Today: 18.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 237.2
  • Update: Another day with increased miles but no major issues other than expected foot fatigue.  We met another teacher couple today who are section hiking Washington! We played tag all day at our breaks and camped with them at a lovely lake last night. We also saw Lee 20 SOBO hikers today,  so we’re staying to meet the folks we’ll hike Oregon and California with. No rain today until a little minor sprinkle at the end of day, but no worries because tomorrow is TOWN DAY! Laundry, showers, hot tub, and beer…OH… and we got trail magic today from former thruhikers! Burritos and brownies!!

Saturday, July 6:

  • Day: 18
  • Miles Hiked Today: 8.8
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 246
  • Update: Our easy 8 into town was a bit more challenging than expected with a light drizzle and rocky terrain,  but we made it into Snoqualmie Pass! We made a reservation last week to stay at the inn with reservations due to poor hiker reviews, but they’re the only game in town,  so….so if one wants showers… However, we were pleasantly surprised by how friendly and accommodating they were! We got early check in with a no charge room upgrade and they even charged us less than they said they would when I called! Best of all we had a 4th of July surprise gift box from Jim and Carol Tanner waiting for us! Amazing homemade cookies and gourmet jerkey! We love it!!!!!

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