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PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 04.08.2018

At mile 2393.1 (Snoqualamie Pass). Hiked 11.1 miles today. It rained last night and I slept well to the sound of rain. Awake in the predawn, I crawled out of the tent into the rain and headed toward the cathole I had dug the night before. It was around the end of a large fallen tree. As I rounded the tree, I tripped over the broken off end of the tree and landed flat on my face right into the wet ground directly in front of the cat hole....

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 04.08.2018

At mile 2382. Hiked 30.3 miles today. The cloudy day made it cooler which made it easier to hike. The clouds grew heavier late in the day and between walking in woods and cloud obscured views, there weren’t spectacular vistas to photograph. Nevertheless, dripping woods and blowing clouds were beautiful. Here is another view of Mt Ranier as I leave it behind. Here is the trail.  ...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 04.08.2018

Day 102 At mile 2351.7. Hiked 26 miles today. - August 1, 2018 Today, checking the fire report, I found out that the fire at White Pass was named the Miriam Fire and that the area which included the PCT and other trails had been closed. The fire was first reported on Monday, July 30th, 11:00 AM, less than an hour before I walked through the area and noticed an orange glow to the sunlight filtering through the trees. The fire was caused by a lightening strike. I also found out...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 03.08.2018

At mile 2325.7. Hiked 24.8 miles today. I used the Thermocell during a morning break and at lunch. It kept the mosquitoes away so could take off the head net and relax without those pesky bloodsuckers bothering me.  I’m happy with Thermocell. I broke camp at Busch Lake and walked past a number of ponds while hiking through one of the worst mosquito infested areas I had seen. Mosquitoes were in a swarm around my head net. This is Busch Lake where I camped. I passed by Yellow Cedars that grow in...