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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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A Misty Morning
I didn’t sleep well last night. The thunder and rain showers continued until well past midnight. I woke up early really craving the hot breakfast waiting ahead.
Although it had stopped raining, all of the bushes were dripping wet and overgrowing the trail. I put on my rain gear and headed out into the misty forest. My feet got really soaked wading through the bushes, and the hiking was disappointingly slow over a rugged and slippery trail. I climbed past delightful Mirror Lake and up into some high, craggy peaks, draped in low clouds.
It took about 4½ hours, but I finally emerged on the ridge above Snoqualmie Pass and could look down on the hotel. I opted to hike straight down the ski run under the chair lifts rather than following the trail around to the northwest. There was plenty of room at the Summit Inn and I was able to check in at 10:30AM.
After a long, hot shower, I put on my cleanest clothes and headed over to the Pancake House (attached to the hotel) for my long- anticipated, hot breakfast. As I was ordering breakfast, it started to pour outside. I’m glad I didn’t sleep in or dawdle on the hike in this morning. It continued to rain heavily while I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and sausage (and lots of hot coffee).
The hotel has a coin-operated washer and dryer for guests’ use. There was a line, but I managed to get my laundry done after breakfast. In the afternoon, I went next door to the mini-mart. The little store is also the post office for Snoqualmie Pass. I retrieved my resupply package and bought some junk food to tide me over until dinner. After calling Boulderbunny, I spent the rest of the afternoon napping and munching while watching more Olympics coverage.
I went to dinner at around 5PM and had just ordered when I saw a large group of hikers come in out of the pouring rain. It was Lucky, Milky, Lumbar, and Slim. I waved through the window and they all came into the restaurant for dinner. They had hiked all day through the rain and wet bushes and were pretty soaked and cold.
After dinner (I had a burger, fries, salad, and peach cobbler), we chatted a bit before the group went to check in and I went back to my room to lie down and groan from overeating. I’m looking forward to a warm, soft bed tonight.
Martin "Lei Low“
Tales From The Crest
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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