Let me just say that this is not so much a plea for sympathy as much as it is therapy for myself. Writing seems to be the most effective way for me to communicate about this subject, and also the best way for me to understand my own feelings. I also find it comforting to share … More Death, grief, and hopes of finding closure.
Today was the first day I’ve gone hiking since my final footsteps on the PCT reached Canada. Me and Adrian set off on a 4-mile loop on Turkey Mountain, a hill that tops out at a whopping 804ft. This trail was all we knew in our pre-PCT life. As we hiked along, following the … More “Did you find what you were looking for?” Post-PCT ramblings on life after the trail.
September 23, 2016 Miles hiked: 25.8 Mile 2633 to 2658.9 (manning park lodge) If you want to see more videos/photos follow me on Instagram: kacbernal Or feel free to add me on Facebook! 🙂 This morning we all got going around 7:30am, and soon after we started hiking it began to rain. Just drizzle though, … More DAY 155/Completion.
September 22, 2016 Miles hiked: 26.2 Mile 2606.9 to 2633.1 I was so incredibly tired last night, I passed out immediately and didn’t set my alarm. I woke up to salsa informing me of “blue skies, baby!” And I couldn’t have been happier. Today was definitely an amazing, gorgeous hike, filled with great conversation and … More DAY 154/The last and best trail magic+one of the best days on trail.
September 21, 2016 Miles hiked: 17.6 Mile 2588.6 (Rainy Pass) to 2606.2 (Brush Creek) We got a ride from Arlington around 8am from Detour, a local trail angel. He took us the entire 2.5hrs to Rainy Pass. We started hiking and the weather was pretty nice, we passed a ton of ground wasp nests and … More DAY 153/Back to trail, feeling healthy again finally!
September 20, 2016 Miles hiked: 0 We packed up quickly this morning, delighted by the fact that we didn’t have to put on sopping wet clothes. We took Dennis up on his offer he made last night and joined him for hot coffee (ah, so amazing) and felt warmth for the first time in days. … More DAY 152/Zero day in Everett.
September 19, 2016 Miles hiked: 15~ Mile 2492.6 to North Fork Sauk Trail trailhead I remember looking back at the weather report in Stevens Pass, which stated that today was supposed to be sunny and mild. But instead, the rain from last night never stopped. It was still pouring rain when we woke up this … More DAY 151/Rain, hail, snow, and sleeping in a privy (again).
September 18, 2016 Miles hiked: 15.5 Mile 2477.6 to 2493.2 This morning we woke up to silence: no more rain! The sun still hadn’t come out to burn off the morning fog, but between the gray clouds I could see blue sky. A glimmer of hope! We were thinking we might have to stay camped … More DAY 150/Moody weather.
September 17, 2016 Miles hiked: 13 Mile 2465.2 to 2477.2 It rained. All. Day. Long. I mean, poured buckets on us. It was raining long before we woke up, I think it started around midnight. The trail was a giant river, a slip n slide of mud and foot-deep puddles. The people camped next to … More DAY 149/It rained, it poured; an all-time low.
September 16, 2016 Miles hiked: 21.2 Mile 2444.0 (deception lake) to 2465.2 We left camp around 7am, early for us but we were camped next to people which helped. We started hiking up to Surprise Gap, and I had to make a pit stop to use the bathroom. I duck off into the woods from … More DAY 148/Attacked by ground wasps.