Saturday, September 15, 2012

15 September - Day 145 - Down, down, down, up, up, up, etc.

From Mica Lake (2531.3) to trail junction (Mile 2557.1)

Total PCT Miles: 25.8

Wow. Our aching feet/ankles/calves/knees (etc). And how easy to be on a coping-skills roller coaster when we feel daily/nightly so exposed and worn down.

Dionysus's feet were really hurting today. And the Trail was incorrigible: 3500 ft drop in elevation, followed by 3000 ft back up, then another little drop, then 600 feet up, then a plunge of 3000 feet down again --- across a forest landscape including huge 300-year old trees that had been blown down and that we had to scramble over. Roaring glacier silt Suiattle River to cross via a fallen tree (you fall, you die). Other creeks to ford. Really stunning views of so many mountains here throughout the Glacier Peak Wilderness -- and even distant Mt Baker raising its snowy volcano cone up by the Canadian border.

Still, it is so "normal" for us to live this way. Hard to believe the end of the trail is only 6 days away.

Gentians! Late summer alpine flowers who have kept us smiling all across Washington. Old friends from Colorado and the Alps.

Sulfur Shelf. If only we had a fry pan, butter, and lemon. YUMMMMM.

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