Day 137, Mile 2476.3---The mice quit last night after using my tent for entertainment for a couple hours. The miles flew by and we were overlooking Stevens Pass before 11am. We hitched into Skykomish and I enjoyed a burger and chips and a Gatorade. I was treated to an ice cream cone by Caterpillar & Landshark for dessert which was nice. Got picked up at the Deli by Eric D who is volunteering at the Dinsmores for the time being. He is a PCT celebrity of sorts as he is (i think) the only other person to "yo-yo" the PCT besides Scott Williamson. The term refers to hiking northbound tagging the border and hiking back southbound. Mex-Can-Mex, basically. Ridiculous, basically. Anyway got all the essentials handled and went out to dinner at the only restaurant in town with most of the hikers. Apparently the entire downtown Skykomish is a superfund site currently. It was my first time eating dinner in a super-fund site. I had a chicken fried steak dinner, a salad, soup, strawberry shake, and apple pie a la mode. I was hungry again in about 2 hrs. Luckily i did not starve because Landshark picked up a Heineken keg can for me at the mini-mart, once again their treat. I like hiking with Landshark & Caterpillar, but not just because of the free stuff of course. The group met back up for the time being but i am sure we will split again in the next few days of hiking. There have been attempts to name the group - "crazy tasty town", "the fellowship" and "fun train express" have been suggested. I am not a fan of "the fellowship" and "crazy tasty town" is a registered trademark of Spam. Definitely hoping to finish with at least a couple of these folks at the border. One, because it would be nice to share it with someone i know(to some degree). Two, i need someone to take my picture. Hopefully the rain will have passed by then and the pictures will actually turn out. Rain is forecasted for Thursday. I had refrained for superstitious reasons from commenting on the weather in earlier posts. Now that the rain is supposedly coming i can say that all of Washington minus the first two days has been glorious weather. Hardly a cloud in the sky the entire time. I got lucky and got a bunk here at the Dinsmore's in the hiker loft thing above the garage. The lights finally got turned out so i am going to get some sleep. Thought of the day; it doesn't necessarily take one to know one. Song of the day; this one song by P-diddy where he does a terrible dance in the music video for it. i think it was on the soundtrack for the movie where the giant dinosaur attacks Japan i am completely drawing a blank here hence the entire last sentence. Craving of the day; Belgian waffles, bacon, eggs, hashbrowns , toast, juice. Maybe i can satisfy that tomorrow before I head out.
JWC on the PCT
Some thoughts before departure...
- I am still not a vet, doctor, lawyer, dog trainer, cia agent, fbi agent or a navy seal so...walk
- I am doing this for the challenge of course, and I hope to gain a confidence that comes with this type of endeavor. But also I hope to gain some new knowledge about the world and the truths that reside in it.
- Am I walking to "find myself"? Or just to take a walk. You decide...and you'll probably be right.
- I'm not in the best shape of my life, but I do have a lot of new great gear so....
- After living with my parents the last 2 years, it makes perfect sense to walk 2650 miles - alone.
- Yes there will be bears, cougars, rattlesnakes and scorpions both imagined and real along the way. I'm definitely more worried about those imagined.
- Am I scared? Not as of yet, more of just a constantly increasing anticipation. But check back with me on the 3rd night in the desert.
- I tried to keep my pack fairly light, but I definitely would not call it ultralight. Somehow when I added up all my ultralight gear and put it in my ultralight pack, I ended up with just slightly heavy.
- My biggest concern for this trip is that I get too hungry somewhere along the way, my brain goes awol as it usually does when I get hungry and subsequently you never hear from me again...I'll try to eat frequently.
- I am not Christopher McCandless. This is not Into the Wild.
- Home Sweet Home
- The Slow Return
- The Waiting Game
- Hello Canadia
- Last night on the trail
- Oh what a beautiful morrrrrning
- At Rainy Pass it's snowing
- At Rainy Pass it's raining
- Last Zero
- Steak in Stehekin
- Blowdown City
- Going North feels like I'm climbing the earth
- Bears Number 8,9 &10
- Exiting Skykomish
- Dinsmores River Haven
- Up and Down, Up and Down
- The air show, the bear show
- The closer i get, the harder it gets
- 250 miles left, whoa
- Camped at Mirror Lake
- Another day bites the dust
- It's Elk Season
- Next stop Snoqualime
- Wilderness to Cruisers
- Goat Rocks Wilderness
- Sunshiny day
- Trail, Town, Trail
- Huckleberry Heaven Part Deux
- Day 2 in WA; Day 2 of rain
- Welcome to Washington...it also rains here
- Oregon Scenes
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