Sept 20, 21
Miles: 9.4 plus a zero day
PCT: 2570.6 – 2580
Total Miles: 851.9
Elevation gain: 720
It was a short, flat walk to the camp before Stehekin. There was no rain today but my boots were still wet. My feet were done but I had to walk. Understand that its not the blisters and scrapes that make it hard to walk, though the one toe with a sore on the top does cause a lot of pain and a limp, its the toes themselves. The joints hurt with sharp pain with each step. I have to walk very slow and awkward. At times, it seems the feet go numb enough so I can walk faster, but i doesn’t usually last long. Walking on rocks on the trail causes lots of pain. I hate trail rocks!!!!
I had 2 mice in my tent last night. That kept me up for quite a spell. I captured one, took him out of the tent and threw him hard over a cliff. Caught the second one and did the same. I taped over the entrance hole they made and I didn’t hear from them the rest of the night, though I stood vigilant all night.
When I arrived at High Camp, there were other hikers there and arriving. One of them flagged down a car and asked for a ride to Stehekin. They said sure and we all jumped in their SUV. That saved us a wait for the shuttle and $7.
I stayed at a camp ground in Stehekin as the resort was too expensive. I did a zero day to let my feet heal a little. I wanted to get going though as this is the last stop to the border, and I want to get this section done finally.
When I picked up my resupply at the PO, I was given 2 packages. One came from a work colleague, Lou. He sent a plastic tub with 4 packets off home made soaking solution for my ailing feet. Also included was a $25 gift certificate and 4 miniature bottles of whiskey (flavored). Very cool! I did one soaking and then passed it on to some of the other hikers who were interested. I saved the booze for the border celebrations. Thanks Lou. It was a thoughtful gift.
The picture doesn’t look so bad…
One foot unwrapped…
Ya, I had to walk across that.
If you look closely, you can see sturgen spawning.
Bill (Blackhawk Down)