Day 50

Sept 4
Miles:  19.7
PCT:  2303 -2322.7
Total Miles:  595.6

I was dropped off at the trail by 8:25 am or so and was faced with a stiff climb up for about a 1000 feet.  My feet were surprisingly sore and swollen considering 4 days off.  I also felt a bit tired.  Seems the rest did no good.  The end of the day saw another 1200 foot climb.  I don’t mind climbing so much, as I’m getting in better shape every week.  It’s the declines that I have trouble with.  I have to go very slowly down the hills to protect my feet and knee, and no matter how slow I go, it’s pain all the way down the hill.  The rockier the path, the more pain I endure.  I wonder if that will ever improve.  Seems the Sierra’s will be a true test with it’s massive passes.

The day was nice, sunny and cool.  There were lots of beautiful views that the camera just can’t capture the way you really see them.  Sometimes I wish  I could take better pictures, but I really don’t have an interest in photography.  Just give me a camera that knows what to do when you push the button and I’m happy.

I had to cross a large stream today by walking across some muddy, mossy logs.  This is common but this time it was a little more technical and difficult to balance.  I slipped off the log and dropped into the water with both feet.  Unfortunately, my boots filled up with water and will be wet all day.  After a couple hours, my feet were feeling pretty uncomfortable so I decided to change into a pair of dry socks.  That seemed to make things worse as the socks were thicker and made my toes feel cramped.  I developed a blister on one of my toes and caused me to limp most of the day.

I may have mentioned previously that I don’t have much interest in the names of landmarks like mountains, lakes, passes, etc.  The problem with this is I can’t relay in my blog what’s in the pictures.  Sorry about that.

Here’s a mountain…  Could be mount Rainier since we’re hiking through Mount Rainier National Forest.

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Lot’s of open fields today.  This one had a creek flowing through it.

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You see many of these wooden sidewalks in swampy areas.  I’m quite happy that I didn’t have to walk through the swamps and marshes.  Lot’s of hours were spent by volunteers building these.

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I guess a few more wooden sidewalks would have been appreciated.  Quite a few muddy spots on the trail.

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Another snowy, glacier covered mountain…

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Many, many lakes and ponds.

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This little marmut didn’t seem concerned about me walking past, but his relatives scurried away when they heard my poles clickity clacking along..

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