August 31, 2017: Hiked Miles 2349.2 to 2374.5 (25.3 total)
I woke up a little before 5:00 this morning and felt pretty cold. I reached down to feel my sleeping bag and it was soaked. I touched the tent and it was wet too. I sat up and put my face to the sky, but didn’t feel any raindrops. But the sky was dark and there were water droplets dropping off the top of our tent into it. I waited a minute, thinking maybe the rain had already passed through and we had somehow slept through it. But then I realized that it was just mist. We were stuck in a giant cloud and could have been getting misted on for hours without realizing it. I woke Colton up and we threw the rainfly on, but it wasn’t much use. The floor of our tent was already covered in puddles and everything was soaked. We snuggled back into our sleeping bags, which luckily were still dry on the inside, and tried to go back to sleep, hoping the rain would stop. Both our stomachs were growling with hunger, but eventually we fell back asleep until about 6:40 when I woke up for good.
The air was still a little misty, but not as bad as earlier, so we packed up our soaking wet tent and gear and sat under a tree to make breakfast. With the frosting from Jamie, we made some extra sugary Funfetti poptarts.
Once we set off hiking we did warm up, but the sky stayed dark and misty and kept raining on and off throughout the morning.
After a few hours the mist let up and we started seeing patches of blue sky above so we stopped to take a snack break and attempt to dry our tent out.
After another hour or so, the clouds started to disappear and we finally emerged on a ridge with a clear view.
We climbed the rest of the way up the hill and came upon lots of colorful leaves.
And even found a hungry little friend.
We layed our sleeping bags, clothes, and tent out and this time they dried in no time in the bright sun.
After lunch we kept hiking up and down, up and down, every hill possible. I’ve noticed that this seems to be the trend in Washington. Just when you reach the top of a steep climb, you head back down and it’s just as steep of a descent. There are more ups and downs than California and Oregon, but they aren’t as long, so you’re constantly changing your elevation which I think is kinda fun and easier than climbs that seem to last forever. Or maybe our legs are just stronger so everything seems easier now.
We got a good view of the Cascades up north as we hiked.
I finished Room, the audiobook I have been listening to. It was awesome. I didn’t want it to end. I definitely recommend listening to or reading it.
We were getting a little tired and hungry towards the end of the day when what should we come upon, but more trail magic!
Theresa is a local hiker and has hiked lots of sections of the PCT and she just so happens to have a cabin in the area. She had spent all day serving up trail magic and was getting ready to leave when we showed up, but stuck around to give us some grapes, strawberries, soda, chips, and chocolate milk.
But it got cold really fast so we didn’t stay long before taking off to finish the day.
We climbed another steep hill and from the top could see how far the smoke from the fire had spread in just one day.
A lot of wind on that thing. I don’t think they’ll be getting ahold of it anytime soon. So sad, especially because it was caused from a lightning fire that started over two weeks ago and could have easily been put out long before this.
We made it to our campsite for the night just in time to eat dinner in mostly light.
We said goodnight and I noticed that some of my stuff was already getting damp just from the night air so I insisted we put our rainfly on. Better safe than sorry. Plus it keeps all the heat in and keeps us a lot warmer in our tent without having to wear all our clothes to bed and burrow in our sleeping bags.
Tomorrow we hike into Snoqualmie to pick up a package we shipped to ourselves with the last of Jamie’s goodies and shop for a couple more supplies and maybe eat some real food too! And hopefully not find out there is another fire closure.