Begins: May 20, 2008
Date: Mon, Sep 1st, 2008
Start: Near Stampede Pass
End: Near 784
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 1,137.3
Hours Hiked: 10
Min Temp: 38
Max Temp: 55
Entry Visits: 473
Journal Visits: 105,528
Gear list Journal Plan
Pacific Crest Trail Map
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It was quite nippy when I woke up this morning. I have a hard time getting out of the quilt when it is that cold. I packed fast and finally got moving.
It is bear hunting season here in the area, so there are trucks cruising these remote dirt roads. I've seen little to no wildlife over the last few days, as if they know to stay low. I've taken their approach, and stay out of sight of these trucks. I have a rather "Deliverance" produced image of the backwoods deer hunter in my mind. I also struggle with the mentality of those that hunt these intelligent animals for sport...right or wrong.
The climbing was tougher than usual. There was the occaisional switchback, but it was also rather AT like with the straight ups and downs over the ridges.
I got a signal and called home since it was the holiday. Box Mailer and Sid were grilling out and hanging out by the pool. Oh for a grilled hotdog and hamburger. Instead, I have ripe huckleberries, which are fantastic! They really hindered my progress today as I stopped to stuff my mouth continuously. This is my first time experiencing huckleberries, and they really are better than blueberries. They look like large purplish blueberries, often about double the size of a blueberry.
The sun finally came out today, and would warm things up periodically as it peeked from behind the clouds. I stopped on a grassy saddle and made lunch in the sun, with great views.
The only three NOBO's I saw today were Mango, Vagabond, and Seven. They were all headed into Snoqualomie today, and are pretty excited about finishing up the trail. All of them stopped to chat, and we exchanged information from up and down the trail on trail conditions.
It is quite cold, so I am off to the quilt.
Over time, it really does become more about the journey and not the destination.