Lept out of bed fairly early and was walking up the trail by 6.45
I had the rest of the hill to do
I was fairly pleased that I stopped when I did as I couldn’t see any place to stop .Up and up I went higher and higher .there were amazing views of the valley all shrouded in mist with the tops of mountains sticking through. I then met the family I passed yesterday who offered me more food and candy..I politely refused as I was fully laden but thanked them anyway. I pushed on through forests and meadows. Then I turned a corner and OMG it was mount Rainier what a gorgeous epic mountain just wow! !! I stared at it for a while then moved on and it seemed to to vanish it was almost an hour before it reappeared.but a better angel I took some snaps then moved on..I then met a couple who were hiking to Crater Lake we chatted a while before I moved onthen met a dad and his two young daughters who were out for the weekend I was impressed at their neat packs.
I At last came to a spring where I refilled my water. as I was topping up Pillsbury came past I followed her for a while then Nija Tank appeared. .I hadn’t seen him for a while as he been ill and off trail for 5 days.
At last time for breakfast ,as I sat down I noticed that the bushes were full of blueberries so I picked half a cup full to mix with my cereal yummy
As I sat munching “water melon” and Jukebox came by. Hi I said, hiya snail see you up the trail they said
I set off again the sun was now hot and my head was leaking. Phew some shade please
I passed some gorgeous lakes with clear blue sparkly the water I was tempted but needed to get on .the scenery was just amazing as always but then it was time to climb .up and up but the trail seemed to quickly get busy with “tourists and day hikers” we must be near civilisation lol.
As I climbed up .wow more amazing views then it was down.in the distance i could see a road and more amazing mountains and peeks and a very long glacial valley.
The trail wound its way down backed by a high granite balustrade .This must be a popular place as i saw so so many families going the other way.
When I got to the rosd there was s fine wooden bridge across which read welcome to Rainer park. I crossed the bridge and made my way to the parking lot.
At the far end sat watermelon jukebox and Pillsbury eating lunch I joined then and then chilled out for an hour before we all set off together but they were all soon in the distance. .I eventually caught up why they were filling up with water from a lake.
Then it was another big climb .it was steep and there were many switchbacks and it was hot at last I was over the saddle. I stopped for 5 minutes. By then the other three were out of sight in the valley. The trail followed the contours of the mountain so you could trace the trail going off into the distance
I set off after them but doubted I would catch them..In the distance I could see another ski lodge, the runs and the chair lifts but no snow. As I chugged up another pass I could see the guys resting. Snail there is cell service Pillsbury said. funny there always is near a ski centre. So I posted a few bits on Fb. it was now 5 pm my feet were killing me especially my right foot today. The guys wanted to do 7 more miles 5 would do me as it was all climbs today. So I my see you in seven but I doubt it.
I set off again after taking some painkillers but more slowly as my right foot was so sore No reason for it to be painful. I plodded on then it began to get really cold brrr I crossed another saddle and it got colder still. No good i put on my jacket almost 2 miles to go till water come on snail
At last water and just behind some trees were the guys. they were having dinner then moving on. I filled up with water then said i’m camping in the next mile .I plodded on down the road looking for the camp spot .then I spied a tent great I walked in to the trees and set up my tent. I then said hi to the other tent .It happened to be tartan which made me laugh.
We ate supper together but it was getting colder so I went to snuggle in my tent
326 miles to go