Tuesday July 11th, 2017
Campsite mi 2635
Day 2 — ~15miles

(Sitting at Stevens Pass hitching to Skykomish. Finally have internet!)

We are on the PCT! We are home!!!! Whooohooooo!!!!!

This morning began at 7am when I opened my eyes to see Orion looking back at me. I sleep beneath a tarp so I don’t have much in the way of privacy. It doesn’t seem to bother me though. I slept like a log.

I sat up and sparked my stove boiling water for my morning coffee. There is nothing better than a steaming cup of caffeine on a cool morning. Add a background of snow capped mountains illuminated by beams of sunlight through fluffy clouds? Heaven on earth. At least for this mountain loving coffee addict.

Orioin and Tyler got a headstart on Thomas and myself. They were walking by 8am. It was nearly 9am before we were walking. I slept like the dead last night and I’m stilll getting organized. That, and I never was good at mornings.

We resumed the climb up from the lake to the peak of Devils Dome. At 6,982ft, there were patches of snow and it was cool. We met a couple camped near the summit. They are hiking a loop trail around the lake. We met a group of a dozen NOLS students out for a month studying the land around them. We leapfogged eachother for a while before splitting ways a few miles before the PCT. We also met the trail crew who has been cuting all the blowdowns for us. Thanks guys!!! The trail got a little harder once passed them.

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We met mosquittoes today. Lots of them. There are at least 50 buzzing around my nettting as I sit here typing. We hadn’t seen any until descending Sky Pilot Pass into a creek valley. There were so many we refused to stop even for water. There are less here, thankfully.

We are camped at an established site a couple miles north of the junction for the Devils Ridge trail and the PCT. We are on the edge of a meadow sleeping beneath a stand of evergreeens. We can see Rock Pass to our north. We hear there is very little snow. We heard his pass can be treacherous.

Another deer wandered into camp tonight. A doe this time. She was a bit more timid than last nights buck. She strolled away as I walked back to my tarp after filling up on water.

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I feel good. I feel strong. Oh! I got my first blister today! I’ve never had a blister on my foot before. I’m excited as it’s a right of passage. Right?!

Going the wrong directed as always (north!),
Kodak

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