September 2, 2017: Hiked Miles 2395.0 to 2420.0 (25.0 total)
I could not fall asleep for forever last night. It was probably 11:30 before I did, and then I tossed and turned all night, waking up constantly. I’ve been feeling a bit run down so I could be getting sick, which would make sense because I never sleep well when I’m sick. Which is ironic because it’s the one thing your body really needs to get better. I also know that long cardio workouts can impact your sleep, so maybe my body is starting to not like all this tough hiking. Or maybe I just need a day off to reset. Hopefully that’s it.
Anyways, even after sleeping fitfully, I still woke up at 6:15 wide awake. Looks like I’m stuck being a morning person now. The night and the morning were the warmest we have had in a long time. We had heard a warm front was supposed to move in today and it definitely did. Some locals were complaining that it was going to be so hot because the weather was forecast to be in the 80s. It was hard to hold back my laughter. Gotta love Washington.
Our morning started with a climb, like always. We popped out of the trees quickly and had a view of Rainer to our south, encased in smoke.
But as always the best views always come with the hardest climbs.
We went through a long dry section, only seeing lakes far below the trail. So we were quite excited when we heard the sound of rushing water and came upon this beautiful waterfall.
We found a place to eat lunch finally around 2:00, getting there a whole hour later than expected. Those rocky climbs this morning really kicked our butt. We plopped down in the cool shade and shoveled food in. Our friend Collin showed up so he stopped and talked to us for awhile. Time flies by when you’re having fun, and before we knew it it was almost 4:00 so we pulled ourselves up off our butts, said bye to Collin and hiked on.
We had an easy couple of miles and then started the never-ending climb from hell. Ok, it wasn’t that bad. But it was filled with hot, relentlessly long switchbacks, overgrown bushes trying to pull you back down the hill, and mostly exposed to the hot sun. And of course, the top never seemed to get closer. I was so busy concentrating on climbing that I didn’t take many pictures, but I managed to grab a couple of the beautiful ridge we looked across to during our climb.
Finally, finally, after what seemed like a century we reached the top. We practically fell on the ground and chugged water. This 80 degree heat actually felt pretty warm. I might be turning into one of them already.
I rummaged through my backpack pockets and found a couple mini candy bars to power us through the rest of our evening and we took off to hike a few more miles to our tentsite.
Along the way we got a good view of the fire to the east, which we had heard could close our trail down, but hasn’t yet.
We got water and made it to our tentsite a little before 8:00. A long day for only 25 miles. And a hard one. We quickly set our tent up, filtered water, and put on our warm clothes because the temperature was dropping fast. We ate dinner in the dark. Hot food never tasted so good. Even if it is ramen and potatoes.
It’s 9:30, it’s cold, Colton’s asleep and hopefully I will be soon. Goodnight world.