Day 59

Sept 13
Miles:  12.2
PCT:  2463.9 – 2476.1
Total Miles:  748.0
Elevation gain:  1722

I was camped on the top of a peak and while I experienced a gentle, cool breeze all night, the wind around the mountains was howling like I’ve never heard before.  It blasted so hard that it woke me up many times.  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any louder, it would.  Scary loud.  Yet, I didn’t get blown around.

By the stats, it seems it should have been an easy day, yet, it dragged.  I felt like I was climbing a lot, but evidentially not so much.  Guess I’m tired from all the accumulated elevation gained over the last 3 days.  I’m ready for a break.

In the last few miles there were the usual backpackers and day hikers motoring up the trail.  I try to be extra friendly as I need to hitch to Baring, where I will be staying with the Dinsmores (trail angels).  There was one group of hikers that brought 3 Llamas as pack animals.  Pretty cool.  When I was coming into the ski resort area, I saw they had a restaurant so I took a short cut and made a bee line for the restaurant.  I had a burger, fries and root beer then headed to the highway to hitch to Baring.  I was walking through the parking lot and saw one of the hikers that I met the day before on the trail.  He was getting into a car of a mountain biker.  Evidentially, he got a ride.  I asked if they had room for one more, and they did, so I got a ride right away without hitching.  Major score.

He took us right to the Dinsmores, who have a large piece of property that is well suited to housing many hikers.  There’s a small room attached to a large garage that is dedicated for hikers.  It has a refrigerator, couches, chairs, all kinds of stuff to play with and lots of fruit to eat.  There are about 4 sets of bunk beds, which is not nearly enough for all the hikers going through right now.  She sees about 40 – 50 hikers a day.  Most sleep in their tents in the vast, mowed lawn.  That’s what I did.  I was able to do laundry and shower.  They also drove us to Skykomish for dinner.  Very generous people with big hearts.

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You know you’re getting close when you see chair lifts.

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Power lines feeding Seattle

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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