PCT Day #9-18
Stehekin to Skykomish, Washington
Hey! I have decided to change up the format for the blog. As much as I want to daily post, it’s just not practical. I’ll now post for each section and narrow the photos to a select few. Wifi and time is in short supply out here.
I arrived in Stehekin on July 18th after practically running 22 miles to make the 3pm shuttle into town. I had a ressuply box waiting and the Post Office closes before the next shuttle would have arrived. My feet were destroyed from boots one size too small. I ripped them off and went barefoot until leaving the next day on the 6pm shuttle. I could barely walk, the pain was so intense. Fortunately, the chafing on my toes mostly healed in time as my calluses grow.
I neroed out of Stehekin hiking five miles the first night. This section was challenging with tons of up and down. I’ve heard it said this is the most difficult section of the entire trail. I took my time enjoying lazy mornings in camp sipping coffee and soaking in the views. This trail offers SOO many rewards for the work.
Leaving Stehekin, the trail climbs up and up towards Glacier Peak. It peaks from tree and cloud making miles hard. I stop and snap shot after shot of the epic peak.
Also making miles hard are all the lakes! We stop and filter water then strip down and jump in icy water that relaxes sore and tired muscles. A dip in a freezing lake is almost as good as a zero!
We meet a hiker who decides to jump off trail. His sister is meeting him at a nearby trailhead and he has too much food. We are given three packs of pre-cooked bacon, a pound of string cheese, and two chocolate bars! Real cheese and bacon in my mac n’ cheese… Thanks soo much Dave!!!!
One night a deer wandered into camp. I laid beneath my tarp half asleep watching her munch on grass right by my head. I fell back asleep then woke with a start. The area next to my head is dirt… What is it eating??? My camera bag!!! Get out of here deer! Shooo! The deer licked all the sweat from my bag. It was so wet I had to dry it in the sun the next morning… Silly deer.
Camp life is the best. We sleep beneath an endless sea of stars and sit beside the warmth of fire as we cook and eat our dinners. We sleep low besides raging glacial rivers and high up in the clouds.
And then, as food supply dwindles to crumbs and garbage, we hear the rush of the highway. Colorful houses dot hillsides and lines of lifts run up hills over the ski resort. It’s time to hitch to Skykomish.
It is nearly two hours before we find a ride. We jump in a truck at 10pm, hitching into the dark, and make it to Skykomish just before the only kitchen closes. I feasts on Chicken and French fries then crawl into a soft, fluffy bed for the night. We meet the Dinsmores in the morning at the cafe and sleep in their hiker den after a pizza feast.
I’ve met so many wonderful people out here. Here’s a few more.