I Woke at 6.30 early Thanks to the loud horn of an early morning train and then lay awake till I needed a wee
I eventually got up but due to camping on the grass the outer tent was wet. But hopefully the sun will soon dry it. I went through my gear I seem to be carrying more even though I keep dropping stuff.
I sorted through my maps worried about money but then decided to worry about it later and went for breakfast .eggs bacon and hashbrowns with coffee .A great breakfast bloody tasty. .I still wanted a lift to the next town to REI and a man calked Jim had offered to take me . But I couldn’t find him. I walked back to Hiker Haven then with fellow hikers we put all the trash onto the back of the pickup to take to the tip which was at the far end of town Maverick and I went with Jerry to dump it…on the way we stopped at Skykomish garage ,i brought a pair of badly needed sunglasses $6 bargain and some snacks then onto the tip
Nearby the tip was an emergency runway for light planes and helicopters to land to search for lost Hikers and local emergencies
Once back I managed to contact my bank to get my credit card limit increased just in case !!!.Phew relief
Then I managed to get through to Virgin to get my flight details sorted another big relief phew.
Then Jim arrived he could take me to the store at 6pm great that will do.
I packed up my stuff and my now dry tent. Cooked myself some lunch and enjoyed the sunshine. During the day a steady stream of hikers kept arriving. Some stayed others just pass through. We organised a team photo which was good then Jim arrived another hiker called mermaid also wanted to go to Rei.Off we went it was almost a two hour drive.
At last REI I swapped out my faulty shoes but they didn’t have my tent bugger .I went down to customer services and explained could they send me one overnight when the sales assistant produced one thank god
But as I was now in Washington I had to pay tax, I didn’t really understand but paid and soon we were heading back.
As I walked into the dorm I was greeted by Da vinchi and Dc .I hugged my mate Da Vinchi and Dc thrust a cold beer into my hand. Maverick then handed me my box of by now cold pizza well it was almost 9.30 but I still managed to plough through it . helped with the od beer .The rest ill have for breakfast. I ended up watching Austin Powers with the guys and gals then off to bed zzzz A good day :0)
The wedding dress worn by a hiker
The Boys Again
My alarm went off so I ignored it and again and again.i dozed staring at the ceiling of my tent .The couple were up I could hear them giggling and clanking pots.its no use I need to get up .I packed my pack then emerged from my tent.stuffed the rest of my gear in then dropped my tent.
I refilled water then said my goodbyes and rejoined the trail ready to continue with my climb. There was no sun just mist and where it had rained yesterday the plants were sodden and so it wasn’t long before I was soaked.I pushed on with my feet squelching. It was probably a fantastic view but all I could see was fog.up and up I went I guess id be doing this all day.so nothing really to say.i normally go three hours but something was wrong with me left shoe so I came to a halt .
The inner sole had wrinkled and was hurting my foot.i took it out and tried to flatten it .I also chanfed my socks for dry ones squeezing almost a pint of water from each. I hung them on my pack to dry then had breakfast. .
The sun was doung it’s best to shine but the fog was currently winning. Bit the snakes were out I csme across six 3 dark brown two yellow and black and a funny coloured one sll the size of my small finget and all about 18 inches long.too fast for my camera thankfully .and aldo losf of greenish large slugs but no snails how sad lol
Around the next corner I noticed Foxxys tent morning Mr fox I said he would soon catch me .up and up and up I went sometime switchbacks sometimes just a steep climb..it wasn’t long before Foxxy caught and passed me we walked a while then he was gone but then I caught him getting water at the next stream..I liked the woods we we’re currently in as there was moss all around so it looked like a jungle , there were also some huge trees which I really love.
I plodded on my tummy rumbling and my back aching under the weight of my fully stocked pack.did I make a mistake switching packs?
Okay lunch I sat down on some rocks.
Cheese and ham tortillas for lunch a few nuts and crisps and I was ready to go..except my left food was still . complaining. I hadnt said but I’ve lost 3 nails on this foot .mainly due to kicking rocks but the pain was due to the rucked up insole. No good I pulled it out and shoved it in my packs pocket.i tried it mm seems okay so off I went still climbing climbi I think at the end of the day I go down then the next day back up such fun !!!!! At last I was at the top but todays climbing had exhausted me and I really fancied calling it a day but it was only just 3pm .I then came across a girl called Prom Queen .yes snail its down now …Phew.She was Sobo and yes it was down for her too lol.i set off feeling happier but still tired. The hours ticked by but just tooo slowly. .but I was getting there I crossed several large creeks by bridge .stopping at the last to refill with water as I was now lookung for a campsite as my watch pinged six.
Okay not a huge milage but I started late and have been climbing all day
I came to a large meadow this looks good I said to myself as I neared the end there were several suitable spots I choose one and threw my tent up.
Soon I had a hot cup of tea in my hand and I was begining to relax
Only 480 miles to go whoop
Long Winding Trail
Camping in a Meadow