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PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 16.08.2018

Day 117 At Northern Terminus of PCT, mile 2652.6. on August 16, 2018, around 9 AM. Hiked 6.4 PCT miles today. Hiked an additional 8.4 miles to Manning Park, Canada. Everything’s gonna be alright. At the end of the line. —The Traveling Wilbury’s. It is only a short hike to the border. The anticipation of reaching the northern terminus monument is almost overwhelming. Here is some of the scenery along the way.   Nearing the end, I reached a spot where I could view the long slash cut through the forest that marks the US/Canadian...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 15.08.2018

At mile 2646.2. Hiked 26.4 miles today. Excitement is building because today we will end only 6 miles short of Canada. A new kind of tree After passing Hart’s Pass I began to see Larches.  Larches are only found in the far north, commonly in Canada and Siberia. These trees are deciduous. Their needles change color and drop off in the autumn. For hikers without a Canadian Entry Permit, they can only hike to the border, then turn around and hike 30 miles back to Hart’s Pass. In other words, they hike...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 14.08.2018

At mile 2619.8 Hiked 31 miles today. It was very smoky so although I hiked across some high places with normally great views, today I couldn’t see very much. The smoke was so thick that I could feel it when I breathed. Beautiful water source. The smoky trail. Nearing the end of a long day.  Late in the day, I was hiking about 20 minutes ahead of Another Mile when she had a Mountain Lion run across the trail right in front of her....

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 13.08.2018

At mile 2588.8. Hiked 16.8 miles today. I had to wait until 10 am for the Post Office to open. My resupply arrived okay, but the postal service lost my bounce box. I’ll continue to ask them to look for it, but I don’t need it for now. The box has warm clothing and the weather hasn’t turned cold yet. In fact, it is very hot here near the Canadian border. (Months later after a number of phone calls and reporting to the USPS, I finally received the bounce box...