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 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 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”

Day 97: Hitching to Bridgeport

June 26, 2018 1006-1022 I was wide awake at 2:00am. I laid in my tent in the darkness, debating whether to try and go back to sleep or just get up. My body was telling me to get up, and I was further motivated by the knowledge that somewhere along the ridgeline there was reallyContinue reading “Day 97: Hitching to Bridgeport”

Day 96: 1000 Miles!

June 25, 2018 989-1006 It’s amazing how differently some people see their circumstances. Couch Potato looked at the fact that he was coming up on being on the PCT for 100 days and was incredibly discouraged by his lack of progress. River looked at her same situation a few days ago and found a renewedContinue reading “Day 96: 1000 Miles!”

Day 92: Touring Yosemite

June 21, 2018 00.0 For the last several days I’d had an obnoxious itch between my shoulder blades. There was no rash or bug bites or anything and it seemed to come and go randomly, so I didn’t know what was going on. I chose to ignore it.  I slept terribly that night despite beingContinue reading “Day 92: Touring Yosemite”

Day 91: Tuolumne Meadows

June 20, 2018 926.1-942.5 I woke up a lot that night even though I was so comfy in my tent and the sound of the rushing river was so soothing. My alarm was set for 5:30am as I was trying to adjust my schedule a little more to suit Couch Potato, but I was wideContinue reading “Day 91: Tuolumne Meadows”

Day 90: So Many Mosquitoes!

June 19, 2018 909.0-926.1 I don’t know if my feet had become soft from 6 days off-trail or if my cork SOLE insoles had finally given up the ghost, but my feet were killing me as we went up and over Island Pass.  I had hoped to be able to conquer Donohue Pass that dayContinue reading “Day 90: So Many Mosquitoes!”