a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 2372.9 to 2393.1. Forest camp to Snoqualmie pass.
We actually manage to get up at 04.45am. It is still pitch black. Big Bro is still asleep but he is faster than we are anyways. We leave camp at 05.30 and now there is also light in Big Bro’s tent.
It is freezing cold this morning, but luckily it’s all uphill in the beginning and so we warm up fast. At least we can’t see how steeply the path is going uphill because it is still oh so dark.
We want to reach Snoqualmie by 2pm – it is still about 20 miles away, but doable. At sunrise, we pass Peachman & Co’s camp. They hiked about 4 miles further than we did yesterday but slept in for a bit.
But what’s that?! My shoes are falling apart! They look like the literally exploded! The front part of my right shoe is not attached to the actual shoe anymore! Hello, toes!
We continue our hike, pass Flow’s camp and shortly after find a nice, sunny spot to have breakfast. During breakfast I try to sew my shoe together which more or less works. But I don’t see how I am supposed to hike to Canada in these. We still have almost 200 miles to go! But there are no more shoe stores close to the PCT coming up until Canada to buy new shoes. Well, we will figure something out…
Soon BigBro joins us and we all eat together. It is now 10am and we already have hiked 10 miles! Yaaaay! While we eat, everyone we passed this morning passes by, and BigBro soon leaves too, which makes us the last ones of the pack.
At about noon we reach a plateau where there is cell reception again. And finally I can call my best friend Stefan, whose 30th Birthday it is today. He lives close to New York – so time difference should not be an issue. We speak for almost 45 minutes while we are still hiking. My friends have organized a surprise 30th birthday party for Stefan, which I unfortunately cannot attend.
And about one hour after finishing the call we reach Snoqualmie pass. It’s a little past 2pm and we hiked a little over 20 miles today! We pass several ski lifts and soon stand in the middle of this little village. We meet with BigBro first, get something to eat from a food truck (a Bagel Burger for Maya, a Hurry Curry for me) and then check in at the local hotel with BigBro, with whom we share a room.
We get our resupply boxes we had shipped here and do laundry. BigBro wants to order a fleeze sweater and Maya asks if she can order a long sleeved shirt as well. BigBro is Amazon Prime member and profits from super fast delivery. Of course he agrees and we order her shirt to Skykomish, our next stop.
There is also a hiker box at the hotel and I can't believe my luck! I find a pair of Altra Trail Runners (the brand Maya is wearing and I used to wear back in the desert) in my size!!! Now I can finally get rid of my destroyed pair!
At night the three of us get some delicious thin crust pizza at the general store and then hang out in the jacuzzi and the sauna of the hotel. What an exhausting day with a very comfortable ending!