a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 2185.7 to 2209.9. Woods camp to Wet Meadow Camp
We are the first to leave camp. It‘s still dark outside and we need our headlamps to lead the way. As usual our goal is to find a sunny spot for breakfast where we can dry our tent and warm up ourselves. Even though we are mostly in the woods and the sun is hidden behind the trees we get lucky. Just as the sun comes out we pass by a little meadow and grasp this opportunity to take this break after 3 miles. Unfortunately the sun doesn‘t stay out for long and we are soon chilly again. BigBro catches up and joins us before we get going.
We are hiking quite high up, so whenever we are not surrounded by trees the views are quite nice. We are both listening to Harry Potter again and hike efficiently towards Trout Lake, our next resupply spot, which we should be reaching tomorrow afternoon.
We are in luck in terms of our lunch break. Shortly before we reach the campground where there should be picnic tables and pit toilets (yaaaay!) we cross paths with an elderly SOBO who hands over a mountain house meal he doesn‘t need. This is exciting! We stopped buying those dehydrated meals because they are quite expensive, and this is a very good brand and a meal we haven‘t tried yet, so yes, exciting! Beesknees also joins us for lunch and so it‘s the four of us sitting at an actual table in damp Washington eating the meals we are getting so tired of. Except for Dario who gets to eat the new Mountain house meal and is quite happy.
After lunch the terrain becomes quite easy and so we make good time and actually end up doing another 24-mile day today, incl reaching the 2200 mile marker! We had agreed with BigBro to set up our tents by a junction, but there is no room for any tents there and so we keep hiking until we find BigBro, on a large grassy clearing, setting up his tent. It looks beautiful. We hurry down to the little meadow and chose the flattest spot next to him. Just as we are done setting up the rain starts. This time it‘s not a drizzle. This time the sky opens up and let‘s the rain pour down on us bigtime. But we are safe, we are dry, we are warm in our sleeping bags. But was it a good idea to set up camp away from the relative protection of the trees? Little did we know then that we would wake up in a pond of water.