This was the week of rain. Washington normally gets less than an inch of rain in August, and we got 4-5″ of rain in the last week of the month. We were trying to be optimistic, and telling each other that the wildfires further north would surely be fixed by all the rain. And on Friday afternoon, the USFS announced that they reopened the PCT near Stehekin! So I suppose it was worth it to get a little wet. 🙂
When the clouds and fog did clear up for a few hours, the scenery was splendid. Deep gorges, alpine lakes, and even some fall colors in a state dominated by evergreen trees!
Day 130: (August 28th)
Day 131: (August 29th)
Day 132: (August 30th)
Day 133: (August 31st)
Day 134: (Sept 1st)
Zero day in Snoqualmie Pass Inn. No pictures, since my phone was drying out. And nothing photo-worthy, just hot-tubbing and eating 5000 calories!
Day 135: (Sept 2nd)
Day 136: (Sept 3rd)
Day 137: (Sept 4th)
From Stevens Pass, I went in to Skykomish for the night…its nice to be dry & warm. Plus I needed to get to the Post office to get my passport; its hard to believe Canada is only 188 miles away!
Inside the package with my passport, my parents also included lots of wonderful treats! It’s always nice to have a variety of snacks and a taste of home (the west coast needs Wegmans)
In future hiking news, I see the mountain I intend to climb in a few years was finally conferred the official name of ‘Denali’, a name which hikers/climbers and Alaskans have always used. Yay!
Looking forward to my final week on the trail!