Day 140 – 9\18\15
2544.2 total miles
PCT mile 2509.5
Today was a bit of a hard day for me. We woke up in a dry area but outside it had been raining all night. It was going to be a damp day, but it looked like there were a few breaks in the clouds. The day started with a big descent followed by 1 of many of our ascents, and the first one kicked my but. I have been pushing so hard since hitting Washington that my butt is starting to cramp up.
The difficulty of the Sierras was tough, you would climb 3000-5000 feet at one time but you wouldn’t have to climb again all day. You usually walked off your pain in a large flat area in-between Passes. The difficulty of Washington is just as tough because you will only ascend 800-2000 foot hills but there is no flat spot to recover. You are either walking up or down steep hills all day. Also in Washington you have the cold wet weather which plays with your mind.
But today Washington came out swinging. We had astonishing views of glacier peak and all its surrounding snow filled mountains. It seemed like we would spend a tiny bit of time hiking in the forest then out of the blue we’d be standing on a cliff looking out for miles. The fall colors are beaming right now. I feel like I’m in a Starburst commercial. Purples, reds, oranges, pinks, blues, yellows, too many colors to list and they all play together so the contrast is marvelous.
After finally setting up camp. We had an awesome dinner just as it started to rain again. I feel bad for ultra-light hikers without good rain protection this year. We had had a ton of rain, good luck to them if there are any still on the trail.