Monthly Archives: September 2017

Snow Storm: Snoqualmie – Stevens Pass

9/17 ​​At 5280 in elevation, I succumb to the elements and pitch my tent under some trees at Gravel Lake. I am 10 miles north of Snoqualmie, shivering in the cold rain. My jacket is soaked and useless and it … Continue reading

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Mount Rainer, WA/ Wonderland Trail: Improvised Norse Fire Reroute for the PCT

9/13/17 Bugle calls from a bull elk at 10:30 pm permeate the otherwise silent ridge, dotted with lights from miles away: Seattle. I’m on mile 23.4 of the Wonderland Trail, on a detour I take to bypass the Norse fire … Continue reading

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Elk Swimming and Norse Fire Reroute part 1, WA – PCT 9/11 – 9/14/17

9/11 September is filled with crisp air, dying, hats, different light, less light, frost, burnt sienna and yellow ochre. Like winged creatures to a headlamp,  nostalgic memories battle for head space. On the PCT, Washington’s lush and grand landscape serenades … Continue reading

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Trout Lake-White Pass, WA, PCT miles 2226.4-2292.4 (9/8-9/11/17)

9/8 26 miles. Camp at 2234.4 It is emotionally challenging to be in Washington. My ex lives here and last year at this time we had agreed to my moving here for the relationship after I finished the PCT. I … Continue reading

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Trail Notes: Elk Lake-Cascade Locks, OR – PCT, 9/1-9/3/17

Challenges like a long ascent can be a metaphor for living a fulfilling life – to feel truly happy while gaining a vast perspective – one must climb the mountain. 9/1 From Elk Lake to 11 miles south of the … Continue reading

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Lost in Bend, OR – 8/31/17

(Pct hikers – “the herd,” find their stable in REI, Bend, OR)the old mill section of Bend, OR In the manicured landscape of Bend, OR, with walking paths marked with rigid white lines and cemented sidewalks, I feel lost.  I … Continue reading

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Stevenson-Trout Lake, WA (Pacific Crest Trail)

9/4 about 21 miles. On 9/3, after hiking 9 miles to make up the lost PCT miles due to the Eagle Creek Fire Closure, Alex, my Portland friend, picked Lighthouse and me up near the Wyeth Campground exit on 84. … Continue reading

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Fire? Tevs! We Got This: Bridge of the Gods!

PCT on 🔥? Tevs! We got this! What a day. If there was an earthquake while walking over the Bridge of the Gods, it wouldn’t have shocked me, and the way it would have played out is the bridge would … Continue reading

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Mazama Village, Crater Lake (mile 1818),  – Shelter Cove, OR (mile 1904)

8/25- 14 miles (Nero) After resupplying in a small town near an Indian reservation, Sean and I drive to Mazama Village in search of a fuel canister. Low and behold, I run into Grandma Candy!!! Woot woot! Love that girl. … Continue reading

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Ashland, OR – Mazama Village, Crater Lake. PCT miles 1716-1818

Day before 1: I hike to Callahans, a hiker friendly lodge right off of the trail as well as right off of the highway. They have affordable camping for hikers. I sleep in a tent on the property behind the … Continue reading

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