Day 66

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…

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One foot unwrapped…

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Ya, I had to walk across that.

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If you look closely, you can see sturgen spawning.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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