Day 111: The Decision to Go Home

August 21, 2018 Lyman Lake to Holden Village, then on to Leavenworth. I didn’t sleep well last night. Both of my legs were spasming and in severe pain all night long, waking me often as I fought for a comfortable position. 4:30am couldn’t come fast enough, and when my alarm went off I gladly deflatedContinue reading “Day 111: The Decision to Go Home”

Day 110: Hiking to Lyman Lake

August 20, 2018 2529.3-2553.1 to Cloudy Pass Trail Junction, then 2 miles to Lyman Lake This is the second day I’ve woken up to find a little mouse turd on my stuff. Yesterday it was on my shoe, today it was on the snack pouch of my pack. It’s as if they’re saying “piss off,Continue reading “Day 110: Hiking to Lyman Lake”

Day 109: Milk Creek

August 19, 2018 2510.6-2529.3 I woke up feeling afraid and anxious. I was sure when I opened my tent fly, I’d either find a bear waiting for me in the trees or discover that my food bag had been devoured in the night. The river nearby was so loud I didn’t hear a thing allContinue reading “Day 109: Milk Creek”

Day 108: The Start of the Smoke

August 18, 2018 2494.0-2510.6 Last night the wind picked up and came gusting through my campsite all night long, sending a fine layer of dust and sand under my rainfly and into my tent, coating everything. Oh well. I shook my things out as well as I could and prepared to hike.   There’s moreContinue reading “Day 108: The Start of the Smoke”

Day 107: A 20-Mile Day!

August 17, 2018 2473.8-2494.0 I wasn’t expecting Washington to have so many steep climbs, but I powered over them as best I could. There’s a lot of overgrowth and greenery, making it a little nerve-wracking to hike up steep switchbacks when you can’t quite see where you’re putting your foot down. It’s taking me foreverContinue reading “Day 107: A 20-Mile Day!”

Day 106: Back on the PCT!

August 16, 2018 2464.7-2473.8 Got back on the PCT today. I’m not even sure how much the day count matters now. Last night I lay awake having a mild panic attack. Should I be doing this? Is it worth all the hassle of getting back on the trail if I’m just gonna end up getting offContinue reading “Day 106: Back on the PCT!”

Day 105: Taking a Medical Leave

July 4, 2018 0.00 Happy 4th of July! I had breakfast with my trail family and then watched them ride off in a strangers’ car toward the trailhead. Then I packed my stuff and headed for the Amtrak station. Just sitting is so hard. My body and brain want to get up and move, toContinue reading “Day 105: Taking a Medical Leave”

Day 104: A Day in Truckee

July 3, 2018 00.0 I slept in until 7:00am this morning. I mean, I definitely woke up at 4:00am and had to use the bathroom, but I forced myself to go back to bed and fell right to sleep for another few hours. The room was nice and comfortably cool because every room had aContinue reading “Day 104: A Day in Truckee”

Day 103: Northern California is HOT

July 2, 2018 1129.7-1153.4 I only saw one hiker go by the previous night and hadn’t seen a soul since. It was eery, being so alone. The morning was warmer than mornings on trail usually are, which didn’t bode well for my feet.  Shortly after I began hiking I realized the trail follows a ridgelineContinue reading “Day 103: Northern California is HOT”

Day 102: The Tahoe Rim Trail

July 1, 2018 1105.7-1129.7 I was up at 4:45am, went to fetch my food bag from the tree I’d hung it in the night before, and set up my camera to do a time-lapse recording of the sun rising against my tent and me packing up to hike. Even though I added a new chocolateContinue reading “Day 102: The Tahoe Rim Trail”