September 6, 2017: Hiked Miles 2461.6 to 2480.2 (18.6 total)
It’s a miracle, I slept in until 7:00 today. It felt amazing. My body definitely needed it.
We packed up our packs which are fully loaded down with five days of food, which feels amazing. Not.
Derek and Kathleen made us an amazing breakfast.
Mmm, all the fresh fruit. I have to refrain myself from eating as much fruit as I want, since my body is not used to eating much fiber at the moment, and that can cause some not so pleasent stomach issues. I think I attacked my body enough yesterday with that huge salad and Mexican food. I’ll give it a break today.
We said goodbye to Kathleen and the girls, and Derek drove us back up to the trailhead. We had such a fun time with them in our short time there and can’t wait to come back and see them again… and meet the new baby who is due in a few weeks!
The air was still ridiculously smokey, although it is a little better up in the mountains than it is in the valley.
Our packs felt heavy, but our legs felt rested, and I felt more energized from all the extra calories we consumed in the past couple days. Colton probably could have skipped all his meals today and still been okay from all the food he ate yesterday, but of course he still brought a food bag that weighs about 100 pounds.
We hiked up and down, up and down, and had the clearest view of the day when we came to this pretty little valley.
We pushed on until almost 3:00 before we stopped for lunch in a nice grassy clearing. We were starving of course by this point so we got to work on trying to consume some of our pack weight. Thanks to Derek and Kathleen, we had some new yummy snacks:
And these were some of the yummiest:
And then Colton got to work on his napping he’s been missing out on the past couple days.
When we were watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 last night, we were talking about how nice it would be to have someone like Mantis to put you to sleep with one touch. Colton obviously would have little use for her.
I took off before Colton after lunch and had a very relaxing, quiet afternoon hike.
The trail is so green and pretty here and I kept popping out in gorgeous meadows.
I can’t believe how many chipmunks, birds, and rock chucks there are up here. The bushes rustle non-stop as I walk by and I get to watch chipmunks chase each other up and down trees all day. I feel like I’m living in a fairytale.
We ended our day at Pear Lake. There were already at least 15 other hikers camped there, but we managed to find a place.
I ran down to the lake, considered jumping in, but changed my mind when the wind whipped my sweaty t-shirt against my back and instantly chilled me. Unfortunately, it’s only hot when we’re hiking. Once you stop, the Washington chill starts to set in pretty quickly.
There are thousands of huckleberry bushes surrounding the lake. Best snack of all! We ate dinner, our awesome Mountain House meals, courtesy of Derek and Kathleen and got inside the tent a little after 8:00, just as it was really getting dark. It’s nice to get into camp early and we’ve decided that since we can’t pick our resupply box up until Monday morning in Stehekin, we’re going to take our time in this next section and do a little bit shorter days. The end is near, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the last days of life as hiker trash!