We’ve been home now for a month or so, but finally have had time to finish up the last few blog posts of our PCT hike… stay tuned for the story of our epic finish!
Onward to Washington!
Where we last left off, we had just finished hiking through Oregon. Here we are approaching the Bridge of the Gods spanning the Columbia River which separates Oregon and WA. When the pavement turned to metal grating on the bridge, SupDog stopped dead in his tracks because his paws would have slipped right through the large holes in the bridge deck…. first challenge of the state.. followed by countless others!
Welcome to WA! 500 some miles left to Canada! We were excited to say the least.
We are blessed to have so many wonderful friends loved ones who met us on the trail. Here’s our neighbor Greg who brought us a bunch of donuts and beer! What more could a hungry hiker ask for!? Thanks Greg!
Our friends Rebecca and Christina left us a secret treasure map to some trail magic 2 months earlier near mt rainier. Somehow we followed there cryptic instructions and there it was! a Tupperware full of goodies 🙂 Thanks Friends!
We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary on the trail. So we took our first “on trail zero day” which was a glorious thing. What that means, is we setup camp at a sweet spot at the end of the day that was near a cold and magical spring flowing out of some lava rocks… and the following day we hiked “zero miles”, and just hung out and relaxed all day and stayed a second night! Campfires, reading books out loud, card games, naps.. what a great day to celebrate our love for each other in such a beautiful place!
And on to the infamous “Goat Rocks” that are a favorite section by many thru-hikers.
Before we started the PCT, we did a training hike here… but could not complete our planned loop route due to snow at higher elevation. This second time through would be just as challenging… it was later in the season, and the winter snow had already melted, but Mother Nature brought us some more. The first taste of what Washington had in store for us.
There was a frosty crust on all the rock which was beautiful. But we knew not to linger here long, so we carefully and slowly made our way back down in elevation to safer ground in case the weather turned.
Marijke’s Parents, Tom and Jean, met us near Trout Lake to deliver us our resupply box for the next 5 days. Luck for our hiking friends, they brought some trail magic! Thanks mom and dad! You’re the best!
The weather was getting cooler, and we were all thankful for our warmer cloths that we picked up in Portland… here is SupDog in his winter fleece jacket. Becca and Karen drove out from Seattle and met us at Chinook pass one evening… it sure was windy that night! They are so awesome :-)they brought a delicious spread food for dinner that we all shared with our hiking crew.
When we hiked into Snoqualmie pass, our old friends Dale and Stacy (who married us!) met us on the trail and brought us into Seattle so we could do the last 3 of our Washington resupply boxes. 3 more weeks? could it be over so soon?