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City: Mi Wuk Village
Begins: Jul 2, 2015
Date: Wed, Aug 26th, 2015
Trip Distance: 1,217.8
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
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On the 23rd our foursome had breakfast together in Vancouver and then we dropped off two at various places. My hiking partner kindly agrees to drive me to a friend's place in Tacoma, south of Seattle. It's a long drive and we know we hiked most of that distance, only not in the moderately flat and straight Interstate, but in the rugged mountains on up, down and around trail. We cross the Canada US border right by the Pacific Ocean and observe what we think is Monument 1. From there is a straight line to the PCT at Monument 78.
After dropping me off my hiking partner heads back to Seattle to drop of the car and will be on the train tomorrow. His girl friend had previously reserved a ticket for him on the Amtrak Coast Starlight. I try to get a ticket but the train is already sold out, so I end up booking a ticket for the following day.
My friend Joe's family lives near Tacoma and they graciously take me in for a two day stay. My significantly altered appearance doesn't even give them pause and we have a good time together. Joe now works at home so he can get some work in while I make use of a spare laptop to clean up my journal and catch up on a few things.
On the 25th Joe gives me a ride to the Tacoma train station. As the train pulls into the station, my German friend I leapfrogged with through Washington spots me from the train and greets me before I even get on. He comes over to my seat and we catch up on the last couple days on the trail. He is actually going past my destination train station, so we'll be on the train until tomorrow. He plans to see friends and then go back to the trail in mid-September to see if he can finish.
Then a clean-cut guy calls me out and says he recognizes me from the trail, but I don't recognize him until he says his trail name! All cleaned up and with a haircut and no beard he looks completely different. He hitched to Chelan and was able to get to Canada that way.
The train makes lots of stops on the way, including some on sidings to let others pass. I still have some hiker food dinners and snacks in my pack. I asked at the snack bar for hot water and got a coffee cup full which was enough to re-hydrate a dinner.
We arrived at Sacramento early on the 26th and we went for breakfast, came back and caught the bus and then another train to my final destination. Mel was waiting for me at the train station and it was really great to see him, someone from home! Then he brought me home.
Home... weird, endless filtered water, clean cotton clothes, a car to drive to the store to get food, endless choices at the store. This is going to take some getting used to. Or maybe not?
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