Well, somehow Omar, Phurba and I managed to stumble our way through the remainder of Washington and cross the border into Canada on September 19th. Waiting for us at the end of the trail was Alena to help us celebrate our achievement and chauffeur us back to the states.
Can’t really say enough good things about Washington. Although the trail was tough, perhaps the toughest section on the entire PCT, the mountains and forests were stunning. Before hiking through Washington I really didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered was a trail that was far more remote and wild than any section other than the High Sierras. One section north of Stevens Pass was so remote that we didn’t cross any highways or forest roads for nearly one hundred miles. Through this and other sections in the northern half of the state there no cellular service available in case of an emergency. We were on our own.
Rather than continue pontificating about Washington, I will add a few of the photos I took on the trail. They speak volumes about the spectacular views along the PCT in northern Washington.
Before closing my adventure I wanted to acknowledge and thank those who supported me on my journey. Doubtful I would have made it all the way without your support. Needless to say, Alena’s support was invaluable. I wouldn’t have made it without her. Having Omar and Phurba on the hike with me through Washington was just the encouragement I needed to keep going. The stop’s in Bend at Toni and Greg’s and again in Portland at Karie and Omar’s provided me with the rest I needed to continue on to Canada. Dale’s “Laugh of the Day” emails had me in stitches. Also the notes of encouragement I received from many of you kept my spirits high. Thank you all so much for accompanying me on my journey.
Big views near the border.
Drying our gear at a mountain pass.
Snow and freezing temperatures.
Blueberrys free for the picking.
Omar knocking out a few more high altitude miles.
Alpine valley above tree line.
Mysterious mountain range.
Omar wondering why the hell he agreed to join me on the PCT.
Phurba holding down a log.