Miles Hiked: 4
PCT Mileage: 2421.1
Today I successfully slept in until 7:00 a.m. I was happy to be in a clean, comfortable bed last night. We took our time getting ready for the day. I organized my pack and wrote a few blog posts. I am over a week behind right now and it is a bit overwhelming. I have been way too tired and anxious lately. I have even had a hard time finding the motivation to text anyone back. Kurt made us cheesy scrambled eggs for breakfast before we left for the long drive at 11:00 a.m. Four hours to Steven’s pass.
It was slow getting to Stevens Pass, but I didn’t mind. It was very hot in the 1967 Biscayne with no air conditioning. We kept the windows down and had bags of ice to keep us cool in the 90° weather. We stopped to get Thai food for lunch and at many gas stations along the way. Eastern Washington looks like a desert. A slow going as traveling in a really old car is, it is honestly really fun. When we go 50 miles per hour it feels like 100. The car drives like a boat and sounds like a tractor. Kurt is a great driver and seems like he must get a full body workout to make so many tight turns without power steering.
We didn’t get to Steven’s pass until 6:00 p.m. A bit later than I was hoping to. I wanted to hike 7 mi out tonight so we could average 25 miles per day until Stehekin, the next and last town where I will take a zero. Trail Diva stayed behind with Kurt while Midnight and I hiked out four easy miles. My pack is extremely heavy with food, layers, and new things I brought along since it is a long time before I will be thru hiking again. I brought the multicolored string lights from my mom and $2 purple bat lights that all run off of batteries. It made my tent feel very cozy. I am sad it will be my home only for a few more nights. Before I went to sleep, I ate a bagel with cream cheese and wrote this journal/ blog post. I am really excited about having a paper journal for the first time. I am carrying it to save my phone battery and motivate myself to write. I plan to convert it all to digital text later. Hopefully I don’t regret it!