Miles today: 22
Trail miles sum: 1826.9
Trail location: 2509.2
Elevation: 3939
Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: In2uition

I started the day out with a berry blow out at 6AM. I managed to make it about fifty yards from camp before the explosion occurred. Sorry fellow campers! What’s that noise?!? A moose? Oh, that’s just the old guy who ate too many berries yesterday…(It was a solid double!)

PCT Washington
Trailside views

I managed to earn myself a bee sting while trying to pee on the side of the trail this morning. I stepped directly on top of the bee hive and didn’t know it until the first bee stung me. I looked down, saw the bee commotion, and ran like a school child. Thankfully no one saw me come tearing out of the underbrush with one hand gripping my hiking poles and the other hand protecting my tasty bits. Not pretty. I hadn’t been stung in decades. It hurts. I fished the stinger out and continued on my way.

PCT Washington
4000 pinecone km

It’s fun to see the different types of distance notations, miles versus kilometers. The end of this section is growing closer.

PCT Washington
2500 Berry miles
PCT Washington
2500 huckleberry miles
PCT Washington
Cloudy trailday

The clouds seem to be hiding many of the mountains. I know that they’re there, but my ability to see them is hampered by the clouds.

Flowers of the PCT
More mushrooms

I’m looking forward to the end of this section. Washington is tough. When the clouds roll in and the visibility is poor, well, this just kind of sucks. Up and down hills for the sake of going up and down the hills. Yawn.

I’m starting to think about the logistical challenges with reverse thru-hike in the Sierra; many resupply locations are closing at the end of September. I may need to hike away from the trail for some resupply stops, which will add days to the mix.

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