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Look Ma, no boot! Friday was my final visit with my surgeon with a stop in this rather scary looking x-ray room. He along with my #physicaltherapist told me to kick the boot and use this ankle brace instead. Hooray πŸ‘πŸ˜. Ankle movement is only 10 degrees, so I have been given a series of flexibility exercises to do 3 times a day. They also approved me going to the gym where I can do some CV work on the #eliptical #stairclimber and #rowingmachine  As well as any seated machine. Wow, after nearly 3 months of inactivity I am out of shape 😭. Got my work cut out for me to get back in shape for my April PCT start.
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.#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking #pct #wanderlust #wilderness #wildernessculture #guthookguides
Look Ma, no boot! Friday was my final visit with my surgeon with a stop in this rather scary looking x-ray room. He along with my #physicaltherapist  told me to kick the boot and use this ankle brace instead. Hooray πŸ‘πŸ˜. Ankle movement is only 10 degrees, so I have been given a series of flexibility exercises to do 3 times a day. They also approved me going to the gym where I can do some CV work on the #eliptical  #stairclimber  and #rowingmachine  As well as any seated machine. Wow, after nearly 3 months of inactivity I am out of shape 😭. Got my work cut out for me to get back in shape for my April PCT start. . . . . . . .#pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides 
one thing I learned from posting my #pct2017 experience on IG is everyone loves a good #tent pic (or even a bad one πŸ˜‚). when I used a best nine app, 4 of my most like pics from 2017 included this tent. thank goodness my money was wisely spent πŸ˜† ~ my tent is the #zpacks duplex. I used it for 1600ish miles of the #pacificcresttrail for 900ish I also used the optional freestanding poles. my review: 8.5/10 would definitely carry again. the two negatives I experienced were wind noise and condensation, but the condensation was only on two very cold nights when I kept all the doors closed. both nights were cold enough that the condensation froze and I never experienced condensation "rain". I chose the standard fabric thickness and color. it is translucent but not transparent. I covered my eyes on bright moon nights. otherwise, this wasn't a problem. I chose this tent because of the weight to size ratio. I don't enjoy cowboy camping when alone, and I camped alone about 95% of the time while on the #pct. the foot print is fairly large, but I only had one night that this lead to a really crumby site and pitch. the freestanding poles were great in the wind. they made it easier to make high and low pitch adjustments and even carry the tent to a new location. I experienced 50+ mph gusts and a few nights of sustained 30+ mph winds. on the worst nights I used the freestanding poles externally and my hiking poles for extra support inside the tent. if you are doing #pctprep feel free to ask questions via comments below. ~ I was not sponsored by any company. I did pay $125 less for my tent because I bought in the zpacks lightly used section of the website.
one thing I learned from posting my #pct2017  experience on IG is everyone loves a good #tent  pic (or even a bad one πŸ˜‚). when I used a best nine app, 4 of my most like pics from 2017 included this tent. thank goodness my money was wisely spent πŸ˜† ~ my tent is the #zpacks  duplex. I used it for 1600ish miles of the #pacificcresttrail  for 900ish I also used the optional freestanding poles. my review: 8.5/10 would definitely carry again. the two negatives I experienced were wind noise and condensation, but the condensation was only on two very cold nights when I kept all the doors closed. both nights were cold enough that the condensation froze and I never experienced condensation "rain". I chose the standard fabric thickness and color. it is translucent but not transparent. I covered my eyes on bright moon nights. otherwise, this wasn't a problem. I chose this tent because of the weight to size ratio. I don't enjoy cowboy camping when alone, and I camped alone about 95% of the time while on the #pct . the foot print is fairly large, but I only had one night that this lead to a really crumby site and pitch. the freestanding poles were great in the wind. they made it easier to make high and low pitch adjustments and even carry the tent to a new location. I experienced 50+ mph gusts and a few nights of sustained 30+ mph winds. on the worst nights I used the freestanding poles externally and my hiking poles for extra support inside the tent. if you are doing #pctprep  feel free to ask questions via comments below. ~ I was not sponsored by any company. I did pay $125 less for my tent because I bought in the zpacks lightly used section of the website.
It’s been one hell of a year! I love you all! ❀️ #2017bestnine #lasher #longasssectionhike #at2017 #loveyouall #appalachiantrail #hike #optoutside #cantwaittogetback
my #pct17 #bestnine2017 were chosen by me, not an app looking at how many likes these pics got. while i enjoy interacting with friends here and feel gratified by "likes", i primarily use IG to journal and share my story. these pictures were all from personally important days for me on the #pacificcresttrail ~ i can still feel each of these moments. i believe i will until the day i die. ~ #latergram #pct #pct2017 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
my #pct17  #bestnine2017  were chosen by me, not an app looking at how many likes these pics got. while i enjoy interacting with friends here and feel gratified by "likes", i primarily use IG to journal and share my story. these pictures were all from personally important days for me on the #pacificcresttrail  ~ i can still feel each of these moments. i believe i will until the day i die. ~ #latergram  #pct  #pct2017  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
never before posted #throwbackthursday #latergram of my last #pct #campsite ~ note the #bear locker in the background. this section of the trail is reported to be resplendent with bear. i nervously camped alone this night and made sounds like in parent trap the next day on trail. despite nearly stepping on four piles of fresh bear droppings, i never saw a bear. ~ i still can't decide if i'm happy about this or not. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
never before posted #throwbackthursday  #latergram  of my last #pct  #campsite  ~ note the #bear  locker in the background. this section of the trail is reported to be resplendent with bear. i nervously camped alone this night and made sounds like in parent trap the next day on trail. despite nearly stepping on four piles of fresh bear droppings, i never saw a bear. ~ i still can't decide if i'm happy about this or not. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
This is my dog's new favorite hangout underneath the table with the #dehydrator  Seems as if I'm a little messy and lots of tasty tidbits are to be found under there. πŸ• Making good progress on meals for my upcoming LASH on the #PCT in April. Loving the recipes in Glenn McAllister's #recipesforadventure as well as Mike Clelland's Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. Used many of them on the TRT last summer and they worked quite well.
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking #pct #wanderlust #wilderness #wildernessculture #guthookguides #hikingwithdogs #backpackingfood
This is my dog's new favorite hangout underneath the table with the #dehydrator  Seems as if I'm a little messy and lots of tasty tidbits are to be found under there. πŸ• Making good progress on meals for my upcoming LASH on the #PCT  in April. Loving the recipes in Glenn McAllister's #recipesforadventure  as well as Mike Clelland's Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. Used many of them on the TRT last summer and they worked quite well. . . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides  #hikingwithdogs  #backpackingfood 
Pacific Crest Trail Communicator magazine has published one of my photos in its latest issue. They used it to illustrate an article headlined "Imagining the trail in a changed climate" and included this caption: "As global temperatures rise, today's desert heat will become 'another kind of hot.'" It was plenty hot on August 23, 2015 when I took this shot with a phone on my first PCT hike, near the end of a 500-miler from Donner Summit to Walker Pass. Still my favorite hike ever. The Sierras had lots of water and wildflowers that summer despite the drought, but things got dicey south of Crabtree Meadows and I became involved in the Mystery of the Missing Hiker after I found new backpacking gear abandoned by a panicky novice at bone-dry Joshua Tree Spring. #pacificcresttrail #pct #mojave #mojavedesert #climatechange #california #backpacking #hiking #hikecalifornia #longasssectionhike #saveourpubliclands
Pacific Crest Trail Communicator magazine has published one of my photos in its latest issue. They used it to illustrate an article headlined "Imagining the trail in a changed climate" and included this caption: "As global temperatures rise, today's desert heat will become 'another kind of hot.'" It was plenty hot on August 23, 2015 when I took this shot with a phone on my first PCT hike, near the end of a 500-miler from Donner Summit to Walker Pass. Still my favorite hike ever. The Sierras had lots of water and wildflowers that summer despite the drought, but things got dicey south of Crabtree Meadows and I became involved in the Mystery of the Missing Hiker after I found new backpacking gear abandoned by a panicky novice at bone-dry Joshua Tree Spring. #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #mojave  #mojavedesert  #climatechange  #california  #backpacking  #hiking  #hikecalifornia  #longasssectionhike  #saveourpubliclands 
Tracing the alphabet with my big toe for ankle #physicaltherapy, supposed to do this 4 or 5 times a day. Wow that's one fat foot! Next is resistance bands....Now I know my ABCs won't you sing along with me.😁 Doc still feels I'll be good for an April start in Campo.
Scroll right for some gruesome before and after x-rays AND some new bling for my truck after renewing my #pcta membership!
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking #pct #wanderlust #wilderness #wildernessculture #guthookguides #brokenankle
Tracing the alphabet with my big toe for ankle #physicaltherapy , supposed to do this 4 or 5 times a day. Wow that's one fat foot! Next is resistance bands....Now I know my ABCs won't you sing along with me.😁 Doc still feels I'll be good for an April start in Campo. Scroll right for some gruesome before and after x-rays AND some new bling for my truck after renewing my #pcta  membership! . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides  #brokenankle 
Got another month to go before I can put any weight on my ankle. To keep myself from going any more batty then I already am, bought myself a new toy and some reading material. The #dehydrator while not top of the line, is a big step up from my 20 year old stacking type dryer. 
Might as well spend my downtime preparing some #backpackingfood to satiate #hikerhunger and preparing myself mentally for the trail. Physical conditioning for the #pct will have to wait just a bit longer.
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking
Got another month to go before I can put any weight on my ankle. To keep myself from going any more batty then I already am, bought myself a new toy and some reading material. The #dehydrator  while not top of the line, is a big step up from my 20 year old stacking type dryer. Might as well spend my downtime preparing some #backpackingfood  to satiate #hikerhunger  and preparing myself mentally for the trail. Physical conditioning for the #pct  will have to wait just a bit longer. . . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking 
#throwbackthursday #latergram ~ I never posted the last 3ish days of my #pct #hike because I thought I would when I got home, but then it just made sad to be officially off trail. ~ this was right before I headed into the #trailtown of #stehekin, a place that I held in mythical wonderment. I was on a massive natural high approaching the bridge where the town shuttle picks up stinky hikers and delivers them to a bakery that really is a piece of nirvana. you can't read about this place or even look at pictures to "get it", you have to go. I love places like this. ~ #pct #pacificcresttrail #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #washington
#throwbackthursday  #latergram  ~ I never posted the last 3ish days of my #pct  #hike  because I thought I would when I got home, but then it just made sad to be officially off trail. ~ this was right before I headed into the #trailtown  of #stehekin , a place that I held in mythical wonderment. I was on a massive natural high approaching the bridge where the town shuttle picks up stinky hikers and delivers them to a bakery that really is a piece of nirvana. you can't read about this place or even look at pictures to "get it", you have to go. I love places like this. ~ #pct  #pacificcresttrail  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes  #washington 
Went for my first "hike" today, or would you call it a roll, since my injury. Jersey the wonder dog was more than happy to help out when my arms got tired! I have a whole new appreciation for people who have to get around in a #wheelchair it's a lot of work. Was nice to get a little cardio in today as well as an arm workout for trekking pole strength.
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#pct #pcttraining #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #outofthedarkness #pcta #longasssectionhike #hikingwithdogs
Went for my first "hike" today, or would you call it a roll, since my injury. Jersey the wonder dog was more than happy to help out when my arms got tired! I have a whole new appreciation for people who have to get around in a #wheelchair  it's a lot of work. Was nice to get a little cardio in today as well as an arm workout for trekking pole strength. . . . . . . #pct  #pcttraining  #pct2018  #pacificcresttrail  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #outofthedarkness  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #hikingwithdogs 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 31, 11-4-17. Only 5 to 10% of section hikers ever complete the AT, I heard a speaker say at an ATC biennial. Today I finally finished the trail - after only 25 years. Back then I dayhiked from Springer Mountain to Long Creek Falls on those three little loops formed by the AT and BMT and thought I could never hike the whole thing. My first attempt at backpacking, in Montana, had been a disaster - heavy gear, cinderblock boots, steep route, clueless leader who made me carry loads of water that he dumped out after boiling a huge pot of spaghetti.

I still loved hiking and would do dawn-to-dusk day hikes such as the Standing Indian Loop on the AT. But I did not know how to backpack - until the Internet came along and I read countless blogs, articles and trail journals on lightweight gear that my injured back could handle. I started a few years ago with a 60-miler, then 175 miles, 365 miles, the 500-mile Colorado Trail and then an 850-miler. Now I hike thousands of miles a year and changed my life - selling my millstone of a house in Florida and moving to a condo in Colorado - so I can hike more. Thanks to all those who have helped along the way.

No time to be sad the AT is finished - I am now headed to Pittsburgh on the towpath. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #maryland #hikemaryland #candocanal #candotowpath  #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 31, 11-4-17. Only 5 to 10% of section hikers ever complete the AT, I heard a speaker say at an ATC biennial. Today I finally finished the trail - after only 25 years. Back then I dayhiked from Springer Mountain to Long Creek Falls on those three little loops formed by the AT and BMT and thought I could never hike the whole thing. My first attempt at backpacking, in Montana, had been a disaster - heavy gear, cinderblock boots, steep route, clueless leader who made me carry loads of water that he dumped out after boiling a huge pot of spaghetti. I still loved hiking and would do dawn-to-dusk day hikes such as the Standing Indian Loop on the AT. But I did not know how to backpack - until the Internet came along and I read countless blogs, articles and trail journals on lightweight gear that my injured back could handle. I started a few years ago with a 60-miler, then 175 miles, 365 miles, the 500-mile Colorado Trail and then an 850-miler. Now I hike thousands of miles a year and changed my life - selling my millstone of a house in Florida and moving to a condo in Colorado - so I can hike more. Thanks to all those who have helped along the way. No time to be sad the AT is finished - I am now headed to Pittsburgh on the towpath. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #maryland  #hikemaryland  #candocanal  #candotowpath  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 30, 11-3-17. Autumnophobia has hit the state and local parks bureaucrats of PA and MD especially hard, but I have also seen this dreaded disease throughout the land from Maine to Arizona to Alaska. Symptoms of autumnophobia include: limiting public access to parks at the most beautiful time of the year, closing campgrounds, locking restrooms, upending picnic tables, turning off water and kee-riminy even taping plastic bags over grills - in general, acting as if a new ice age is upon us even on sunny 70-degree days. Autumnophiles, unite! Strike back! Call your parks bureaucrats and other government officials, and insist that they stop being such wusses.

#appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #southmountain #southmountainstatepark #maryland #hikemaryland #autumn #autumncolors #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 30, 11-3-17. Autumnophobia has hit the state and local parks bureaucrats of PA and MD especially hard, but I have also seen this dreaded disease throughout the land from Maine to Arizona to Alaska. Symptoms of autumnophobia include: limiting public access to parks at the most beautiful time of the year, closing campgrounds, locking restrooms, upending picnic tables, turning off water and kee-riminy even taping plastic bags over grills - in general, acting as if a new ice age is upon us even on sunny 70-degree days. Autumnophiles, unite! Strike back! Call your parks bureaucrats and other government officials, and insist that they stop being such wusses. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #southmountain  #southmountainstatepark  #maryland  #hikemaryland  #autumn  #autumncolors  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 28-29, 11/1-2/17. "Is the Doyle as filthy mcnasty as some hikers say, or should I stay there?" I asked a 2,000-miler weeks ago. "Yes and yes," he said. He admitted that the cramped shower down the hall was too foul to use but insisted that the legendary/notorious old hotel was an AT must. I sleep on the ground for more than half the year and drink from creeks and cow ponds, but I see no need to pay extra for grime. The morning I passed through Duncannon, the weather was fine with rain forecast days later, so like a pika I made hay while the sun shined. By the time I got to Fayetteville I hadn't showered or done laundry in a couple of weeks so was eager to stop at the church-run Trail of Hope Hostel.

What a welcoming, clean hostel run by wonderful people. These folks DWJWD. It became one of my favorite places to stay on the AT, a list topped by the home of dear sweet Connecticut octogenarian Maria McCabe. The rules at Trail of Hope are simple: be considerate of others, no foul language, clean up after yourself etc. In other words, act like a kindergartener who has a modicum of self-restraint and not like the #tangerinetoddler #dirtydonny.

Thursday's long hike started and ended in the dark. Pen-Mar Park had no water so I continued for 6 miles into Maryland, my 14th and final state. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #penmar #pennsylvania #maryland #hikepennsylvania #hikemaryland #hiking #michauxstateforest #southmountain #backpacking #longasssectionhike #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 28-29, 11/1-2/17. "Is the Doyle as filthy mcnasty as some hikers say, or should I stay there?" I asked a 2,000-miler weeks ago. "Yes and yes," he said. He admitted that the cramped shower down the hall was too foul to use but insisted that the legendary/notorious old hotel was an AT must. I sleep on the ground for more than half the year and drink from creeks and cow ponds, but I see no need to pay extra for grime. The morning I passed through Duncannon, the weather was fine with rain forecast days later, so like a pika I made hay while the sun shined. By the time I got to Fayetteville I hadn't showered or done laundry in a couple of weeks so was eager to stop at the church-run Trail of Hope Hostel. What a welcoming, clean hostel run by wonderful people. These folks DWJWD. It became one of my favorite places to stay on the AT, a list topped by the home of dear sweet Connecticut octogenarian Maria McCabe. The rules at Trail of Hope are simple: be considerate of others, no foul language, clean up after yourself etc. In other words, act like a kindergartener who has a modicum of self-restraint and not like the #tangerinetoddler  #dirtydonny . Thursday's long hike started and ended in the dark. Pen-Mar Park had no water so I continued for 6 miles into Maryland, my 14th and final state. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #penmar  #pennsylvania  #maryland  #hikepennsylvania  #hikemaryland  #hiking  #michauxstateforest  #southmountain  #backpacking  #longasssectionhike  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 27, 10-31-17. Quarry Gap wins the prize for cutest AT shelter - first one I have seen with a swing, hanging baskets of flowers and lawn ornaments. A far cry from some mouse-infested hovels in the South that gave me such a bad early impression of AT leantos. Of the several shelters I have stayed at on this #longasssectionhike, only the 501 had rodents, none of which crawled on me at night. Lots of rain is forecast next week, when I will be on the C&O Towpath and wishing there were shelters. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #quarrygap #quarrygapshelter #atmidpoint #michauxstateforest #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #hiking #backpacking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 27, 10-31-17. Quarry Gap wins the prize for cutest AT shelter - first one I have seen with a swing, hanging baskets of flowers and lawn ornaments. A far cry from some mouse-infested hovels in the South that gave me such a bad early impression of AT leantos. Of the several shelters I have stayed at on this #longasssectionhike , only the 501 had rodents, none of which crawled on me at night. Lots of rain is forecast next week, when I will be on the C&O Towpath and wishing there were shelters. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #quarrygap  #quarrygapshelter  #atmidpoint  #michauxstateforest  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #hiking  #backpacking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 26, 10-30-17. Despite beautiful autumn weather, Pine Grove Furnace State Park was nearly deserted. The AT Museum was closed for the year. The store was closed. The hostel supposedly would close tomorrow but looked vacant already. Only a few day hikers were out. Come on out and play - it isn't time to hibernate yet! #appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #athike #pinegrovefurnacestatepark #pinegrovefurnace #michauxstateforest #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 26, 10-30-17. Despite beautiful autumn weather, Pine Grove Furnace State Park was nearly deserted. The AT Museum was closed for the year. The store was closed. The hostel supposedly would close tomorrow but looked vacant already. Only a few day hikers were out. Come on out and play - it isn't time to hibernate yet! #appalachiantrail  #AT  #at2017  #athike  #pinegrovefurnacestatepark  #pinegrovefurnace  #michauxstateforest  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 24-25, 10/28-29/17. After a steep descent in the dark from the Tuscarora Trail, Saturday's 18-mile hike included the easiest part of the AT, a nearly flat stretch through farmland of the Cumberland Valley. I laughed upon seeing two inexplicable TRIP HAZARD signs along the trail - the entire AT is a trip hazard except for this part!

I'd been craving Greek salad for weeks (had to pass up one recently after the menu said it consisted of iceberg lettuce, salami, provolone, pickles and ranch dressing) and had one for breakfast at the Middlesex Diner and one for lupper at Anile's in beautiful historic Boiling Springs. Even better, at an unusual salvage store near the diner I finally found books, needed for the daylong rain forecast for Sunday. #appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #boilingspringslake #boilingspringspa #cumberlandvalley #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 24-25, 10/28-29/17. After a steep descent in the dark from the Tuscarora Trail, Saturday's 18-mile hike included the easiest part of the AT, a nearly flat stretch through farmland of the Cumberland Valley. I laughed upon seeing two inexplicable TRIP HAZARD signs along the trail - the entire AT is a trip hazard except for this part! I'd been craving Greek salad for weeks (had to pass up one recently after the menu said it consisted of iceberg lettuce, salami, provolone, pickles and ranch dressing) and had one for breakfast at the Middlesex Diner and one for lupper at Anile's in beautiful historic Boiling Springs. Even better, at an unusual salvage store near the diner I finally found books, needed for the daylong rain forecast for Sunday. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #at2017  #boilingspringslake  #boilingspringspa  #cumberlandvalley  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 22, 10-26-17. Today was another lark in the park. Finally cool enough to wear some of these extra clothes instead of toting them all day. #appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #athike #susquehannariver #susquehanna #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #hikepennsylvania #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 21, 10-25-17. Hiking can at times be a slog or a trudge, a bog full of sludge, a dog of a drudge. This perfect autumn day was what most of this hike has been: an amble, a ramble, a jaunt of a saunter, a droll stroll, an outstander meander. I especially like to saunter. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #longasssectionhike #hiking #backpacking #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #autumn #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 20, 10-24-17. Misty morning soaked tent and wind started hurling branches to the ground as storm clouds grew so I stayed at the flyblown rodent-riddled 501 shelter last night. Entertained/terrified two wide-eyed novice hikers with true tales of mice and men and hantavirus. Read this morning while the much-needed rain eased, then hiked past the turnoff for a town that wisely changed its name from Jonestown but perhaps not so wisely switched to ... Lickdale. Lickdale?! Well, beats Mansonburg or Dotardsville. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #longasssectionhike #hiking #backpacking #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #swataracreek #swatara #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 20, 10-24-17. Misty morning soaked tent and wind started hurling branches to the ground as storm clouds grew so I stayed at the flyblown rodent-riddled 501 shelter last night. Entertained/terrified two wide-eyed novice hikers with true tales of mice and men and hantavirus. Read this morning while the much-needed rain eased, then hiked past the turnoff for a town that wisely changed its name from Jonestown but perhaps not so wisely switched to ... Lickdale. Lickdale?! Well, beats Mansonburg or Dotardsville. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #longasssectionhike  #hiking  #backpacking  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #swataracreek  #swatara  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 18-19, 10/22-23/17. The AT passes right through Port Clinton but there is no grocery store so hikers have to go a few miles down busy Rte 61 to Hamburg's hectic I-78 interchange. You might think Sunday morning is the best time to hitch but in my experience it is the worst. I stood there like a #dotard for 40 minutes with thumb out while hundreds of cars roared past. If only those with WWJD bumper stickers WDWJWD. This was as bad as trying to hitch in Utah or the so-called Bible belt or Lake City, CO. Finally good old Cabella's opened, and the rumor is true - if staffing permits they will send someone to pick up hikers at the Port Clinton P.O.

The world's largest Cabella's has stuffed polar bears, musk oxen and wolverines and loads of clothing and hunting and fishing gear but did not have the items I needed. I tried to eat at their cafe, which the AT guide says serves breakfast, but it was closed. But I will be buying cold-weather clothes from Cabella's when I move back to Colorado.

Highway interchanges put the caca and the phony in cacophony, and after resupplying at several stores I was happy to flee the noise and commotion and take the Schuylkill Trail back to the AT and re-enter the woods. #appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #athike #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #roundhead #backpacking #longasssectionhike #hiking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, days 18-19, 10/22-23/17. The AT passes right through Port Clinton but there is no grocery store so hikers have to go a few miles down busy Rte 61 to Hamburg's hectic I-78 interchange. You might think Sunday morning is the best time to hitch but in my experience it is the worst. I stood there like a #dotard  for 40 minutes with thumb out while hundreds of cars roared past. If only those with WWJD bumper stickers WDWJWD. This was as bad as trying to hitch in Utah or the so-called Bible belt or Lake City, CO. Finally good old Cabella's opened, and the rumor is true - if staffing permits they will send someone to pick up hikers at the Port Clinton P.O. The world's largest Cabella's has stuffed polar bears, musk oxen and wolverines and loads of clothing and hunting and fishing gear but did not have the items I needed. I tried to eat at their cafe, which the AT guide says serves breakfast, but it was closed. But I will be buying cold-weather clothes from Cabella's when I move back to Colorado. Highway interchanges put the caca and the phony in cacophony, and after resupplying at several stores I was happy to flee the noise and commotion and take the Schuylkill Trail back to the AT and re-enter the woods. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #at2017  #athike  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #roundhead  #backpacking  #longasssectionhike  #hiking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 17, 10-21-17. Pennsylvania gets a bum rap on the AT. Most AT hikers say it is their least favorite state. At the Palmerton library I read "Appalachian Odyssey," about a couple's hike in the late '70s, and they hated Pennsylvania. Several times locals have apologetically asked how I like #rocksylvania. I like it fine. It is a joy to walk these ridges during this mild colorful autumn weather. Maine, NH, NY, TN, GA and other states also have their share of rocks, plus a lot more ups and downs. I do recommend that section hikers tackle the mid-Atlantic states in autumn or maybe spring, not summer. If thru-hiking I'd go from Springer to Harpers Ferry to DC, then flip to Maine and go southbound.

Rain is coming Tuesday so we'll see how I like climbing over wet rocks.

Campsites hard to find tonight with many weekenders enjoying the trail. Camped at a site where a big tree crashed down recently - hope I don't get squashed. #appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #athike #hiking #backpacking #pennsylvania #longasssectionhike #hikepennsylvania
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 17, 10-21-17. Pennsylvania gets a bum rap on the AT. Most AT hikers say it is their least favorite state. At the Palmerton library I read "Appalachian Odyssey," about a couple's hike in the late '70s, and they hated Pennsylvania. Several times locals have apologetically asked how I like #rocksylvania . I like it fine. It is a joy to walk these ridges during this mild colorful autumn weather. Maine, NH, NY, TN, GA and other states also have their share of rocks, plus a lot more ups and downs. I do recommend that section hikers tackle the mid-Atlantic states in autumn or maybe spring, not summer. If thru-hiking I'd go from Springer to Harpers Ferry to DC, then flip to Maine and go southbound. Rain is coming Tuesday so we'll see how I like climbing over wet rocks. Campsites hard to find tonight with many weekenders enjoying the trail. Camped at a site where a big tree crashed down recently - hope I don't get squashed. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #at2017  #athike  #hiking  #backpacking  #pennsylvania  #longasssectionhike  #hikepennsylvania 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 16, 10-20-17. Maybe the prettiest day of this hike so far, with fine views from #bakeovenknob, #bearrocks and the #knifeedge. If only Bake Oven Knob were not so close to a road and parking lot - idiots have vandalized it with paint. Fortunately they are too lazy to mess with most of the AT. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #backpacking #hiking #longasssectionhike #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 16, 10-20-17. Maybe the prettiest day of this hike so far, with fine views from #bakeovenknob , #bearrocks  and the #knifeedge . If only Bake Oven Knob were not so close to a road and parking lot - idiots have vandalized it with paint. Fortunately they are too lazy to mess with most of the AT. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #backpacking  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 15, 10-19-17. After reading over the years about the zinc Superfund site near Palmerton, I expected a hideous wasteland and was surprised how scenic and normal-looking the trail was north of town, aside from some stunted trees in fenced-off areas. Who knows, though, what is going on beneath the ground and in the water and air. 
Also to my surprise, Palmerton seems pleasant and prosperous, nothing like the Love Canal I'd pictured. The laundry is closed, but I washed myself and my clothes at the new hostel run by Bert's Steakhouse. The free hostel in the town hall closed a few years ago, another victim of bad behavior by the minority of hikers who are morons or deranged dotards. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #palmerton #lehighgap #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #longasssectionhike #backpacking #hiking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 15, 10-19-17. After reading over the years about the zinc Superfund site near Palmerton, I expected a hideous wasteland and was surprised how scenic and normal-looking the trail was north of town, aside from some stunted trees in fenced-off areas. Who knows, though, what is going on beneath the ground and in the water and air. Also to my surprise, Palmerton seems pleasant and prosperous, nothing like the Love Canal I'd pictured. The laundry is closed, but I washed myself and my clothes at the new hostel run by Bert's Steakhouse. The free hostel in the town hall closed a few years ago, another victim of bad behavior by the minority of hikers who are morons or deranged dotards. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #palmerton  #lehighgap  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #hiking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
#throwback pic of my favorite #pct2017 #desert #campsite just beyond #scissorscrossing and the night before i hit 100 miles. i was so privileged to hike this year when the desert was blooming. the desert is now one of my loves. i tear up driving by and dream of stopping the car and walking through its beauty again. ~ i was still learning how to get the perfect pitch, but i big time ❀️d my freestanding #zpacks tent poles. they were so nice on sand and in tight spots ~ i'm still having a really hard time being off trail, especially with the sense of incompleteness. ~ #tbt #latergram #pct #pacificcresttrail #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #california
#throwback  pic of my favorite #pct2017  #desert  #campsite  just beyond #scissorscrossing  and the night before i hit 100 miles. i was so privileged to hike this year when the desert was blooming. the desert is now one of my loves. i tear up driving by and dream of stopping the car and walking through its beauty again. ~ i was still learning how to get the perfect pitch, but i big time ❀️d my freestanding #zpacks  tent poles. they were so nice on sand and in tight spots ~ i'm still having a really hard time being off trail, especially with the sense of incompleteness. ~ #tbt  #latergram  #pct  #pacificcresttrail  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes  #california 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 14, 10-18-17. A pleasant place to camp. I have hiked about 90% of the AT now and have completed some sections two, three or four times, but I think today was the first time I never crossed paths with another hiker all day. So I had to plow through all the spider webs myself today. #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #webwalker #longasssectionhike #pennsylvania #rocksylvania #hikepennsylvania #backpacking #hiking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 14, 10-18-17. A pleasant place to camp. I have hiked about 90% of the AT now and have completed some sections two, three or four times, but I think today was the first time I never crossed paths with another hiker all day. So I had to plow through all the spider webs myself today. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #athike  #at2017  #webwalker  #longasssectionhike  #pennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #hikepennsylvania  #backpacking  #hiking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 13, 10-17-17. Finally the great autumn hiking weather has arrived after two weeks of muggy heat and days of mist and clouds. 
Took an unplanned zero yesterday at Church of the Mountain Hostel in DWG when I spotted in the bookcase Corrrie ten Boom's "The Hiding Place," which I'd started this summer at a hiker hostel on the West Coast. What a shame a book about the anti-Nazi #resistance has again become so relevant. Surely ten Boom never imagined that decades after WWII Germany's chancellor would be the leader of the free world and a profoundly immoral Nazi sympathizer would occupy the Oval Office. 
#appalachiantrail #AT #at2017 #athike #hikepennsylvania #rocksylvania #pennsylvania #wolfrocks #delawarewatergap #dwgnra #hiking #longasssectionhike #backpacking #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands #thehidingplace #corrietenboom
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 13, 10-17-17. Finally the great autumn hiking weather has arrived after two weeks of muggy heat and days of mist and clouds. Took an unplanned zero yesterday at Church of the Mountain Hostel in DWG when I spotted in the bookcase Corrrie ten Boom's "The Hiding Place," which I'd started this summer at a hiker hostel on the West Coast. What a shame a book about the anti-Nazi #resistance  has again become so relevant. Surely ten Boom never imagined that decades after WWII Germany's chancellor would be the leader of the free world and a profoundly immoral Nazi sympathizer would occupy the Oval Office. #appalachiantrail  #AT  #at2017  #athike  #hikepennsylvania  #rocksylvania  #pennsylvania  #wolfrocks  #delawarewatergap  #dwgnra  #hiking  #longasssectionhike  #backpacking  #saveourpubliclands  #protectourpubliclands  #thehidingplace  #corrietenboom 
AT Mid-Atlantic, day 10, 10-14-17. The golden hour. Camped just south of here on Rattlesnake Mountain. Wait, why do they call it .... #appalachiantrail #AT #athike #at2017 #delawarewatergap #dwgnra #rattlesnakemountain #njhiking #hikenewjersey #backpacking #hiking #longasssectionhike #saveourpubliclands #protectourpubliclands
Packed my pack for the last time for now in a casino hotel room inΒ Reno, a strange place to end my hike. I had aspirations of returning to finish the PCT portion the Sierra Nevada mountains, which I'd bypassed, in part, due to 7 weeks off trail for injury back early in the summer. Alas, it was not meant to be. I have a cold that won't go away and it's clear that my body is tired and telling me "it's time to rest". And I'm listening. Β After 2000 miles of highs and lows, bruised collar bones and hips, hunger, dehydration, heat, cold, pain, euphoria, mental and physical exhaustion, tears, laughter, confidence, doubt, and all the other extremes you can imagine, I'm done with the Pacific Crest Trail for the year. 
Over the past few days, I've struggled with the feeling of extreme disappointment of not completing a thru hike. But, I'm proud. I'm proud of how far I was able to walk, of returning to the trail after almost two months off for injury and giving it my all, and of the journey. Moreso, I'm proud to have been in the company of so many inspiring, encouraging, strong, resilient, dedicated, and beautiful humans that hiked this trail during a very, very challenging year.

My faith in humanity has been restored and I'm left humbled by the experience and with a huge love, respect, and appreciation for the PCT.

I wouldn't change a thing. Congratulations and best wishes to all. "See you down the trail"
- Trash Mule
Packed my pack for the last time for now in a casino hotel room inΒ Reno, a strange place to end my hike. I had aspirations of returning to finish the PCT portion the Sierra Nevada mountains, which I'd bypassed, in part, due to 7 weeks off trail for injury back early in the summer. Alas, it was not meant to be. I have a cold that won't go away and it's clear that my body is tired and telling me "it's time to rest". And I'm listening. Β After 2000 miles of highs and lows, bruised collar bones and hips, hunger, dehydration, heat, cold, pain, euphoria, mental and physical exhaustion, tears, laughter, confidence, doubt, and all the other extremes you can imagine, I'm done with the Pacific Crest Trail for the year. Over the past few days, I've struggled with the feeling of extreme disappointment of not completing a thru hike. But, I'm proud. I'm proud of how far I was able to walk, of returning to the trail after almost two months off for injury and giving it my all, and of the journey. Moreso, I'm proud to have been in the company of so many inspiring, encouraging, strong, resilient, dedicated, and beautiful humans that hiked this trail during a very, very challenging year. My faith in humanity has been restored and I'm left humbled by the experience and with a huge love, respect, and appreciation for the PCT. I wouldn't change a thing. Congratulations and best wishes to all. "See you down the trail" - Trash Mule
Day 60. Monument 78!
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We completed all Oregon and Washington trail sections of the PCT (save ~30 miles in OR due to fire) on September 7. Glad to have a few more days of wilderness as we made our way off the PCT toward Ross Lake. The end of such an experience was a little hard to digest and I am so grateful for the gifts the trail provided us this summer.
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#pct #pct2017 #pctig #pacificcresttrail #pctgoals #sectionhiker #hikertrash #somedayistoday #longasssectionhike #summerbackpacking #hikeyourownhike #nationalscenictrail #extremewalking #westcoast #hikeeatrepeat #hikepnw #ourpnw #1000milesectionhike #choosemountains #themountainsarecalling #freedomofthehills #trailno2000 #liveyouradventure #wildernessculture #leavenotrace #takeahike #cascadia #keepitwild #naturevibes #justkeepwalking
Day 60. Monument 78! . . We completed all Oregon and Washington trail sections of the PCT (save ~30 miles in OR due to fire) on September 7. Glad to have a few more days of wilderness as we made our way off the PCT toward Ross Lake. The end of such an experience was a little hard to digest and I am so grateful for the gifts the trail provided us this summer. . . . #pct  #pct2017  #pctig  #pacificcresttrail  #pctgoals  #sectionhiker  #hikertrash  #somedayistoday  #longasssectionhike  #summerbackpacking  #hikeyourownhike  #nationalscenictrail  #extremewalking  #westcoast  #hikeeatrepeat  #hikepnw  #ourpnw  #1000milesectionhike  #choosemountains  #themountainsarecalling  #freedomofthehills  #trailno2000  #liveyouradventure  #wildernessculture  #leavenotrace  #takeahike  #cascadia  #keepitwild  #naturevibes  #justkeepwalking 
Day 58. Rainy Pass to Tatie Peak.

Introducing the Smokey Pasayten filter... Otherwordly to be sure, however I would like to go back and hike section L (WA) when it's not on fire. Maybe a slackpacking trip - anyone want to support?
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#pct #longasssectionhike #1000milesectionhike #extremewalking #smokysaturday #hikeyourownhike #hikertrash #traillife #trailon #northcascades #cutthroatpass #pnwonfire #choosemountains #staywild #ourpnw #usfs #pacificcresttrail #smokyskies #hikingculture #getoutside #takeahike
Day 58. Rainy Pass to Tatie Peak. Introducing the Smokey Pasayten filter... Otherwordly to be sure, however I would like to go back and hike section L (WA) when it's not on fire. Maybe a slackpacking trip - anyone want to support? . . . #pct  #longasssectionhike  #1000milesectionhike  #extremewalking  #smokysaturday  #hikeyourownhike  #hikertrash  #traillife  #trailon  #northcascades  #cutthroatpass  #pnwonfire  #choosemountains  #staywild  #ourpnw  #usfs  #pacificcresttrail  #smokyskies  #hikingculture  #getoutside  #takeahike 
All I can think about lately is the trail. Can I get back out next year? Can that be a thing? #appalachiantrail #appalachiantrail2017 #sectionhike #sectionhiker #lasher #longasssectionhike #hike #hiking #optoutside #befree #solohike #quitter
Day 53. Heading down into Vista Creek drainage for the evening. These grassy slopes were another marmot town. Distant mountain ridges in this section were exceptional. This was the second of three consecutive days where we did at least 27 miles - felt surprisingly good for such a push. The clear skies surely helped.
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#pacificcresttrail #longdistancehiking #werehikers #hikertrash #outsideeveryday #hikeyourownhike #wanderlust #getoutside #exploremore #extremewalking #choosemountains #pctig #keepitwild #traillife #somedayistoday #longasssectionhike #instahike #washingtontrails #washingtonwilderness #hikerlife #lwbackpacking #myhappyplace #cascadia #specificquesttrial #naturegram
Day 53. Heading down into Vista Creek drainage for the evening. These grassy slopes were another marmot town. Distant mountain ridges in this section were exceptional. This was the second of three consecutive days where we did at least 27 miles - felt surprisingly good for such a push. The clear skies surely helped. . . . #pacificcresttrail  #longdistancehiking  #werehikers  #hikertrash  #outsideeveryday  #hikeyourownhike  #wanderlust  #getoutside  #exploremore  #extremewalking  #choosemountains  #pctig  #keepitwild  #traillife  #somedayistoday  #longasssectionhike  #instahike  #washingtontrails  #washingtonwilderness  #hikerlife  #lwbackpacking  #myhappyplace  #cascadia  #specificquesttrial  #naturegram 
accepting that my migration aka wandering aka hiking the pacific crest trail is at an end for the year. i've started looking for a job and living indoors like all the other respectable (boring 😜) adults. ~ photobombed by #kittyB with the help of @zudoshichimoto ~ this bottle of #wine was a gift from #friends for my bon voyage party. thanks @posm and @jeffyamada it's delicious! ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
accepting that my migration aka wandering aka hiking the pacific crest trail is at an end for the year. i've started looking for a job and living indoors like all the other respectable (boring 😜) adults. ~ photobombed by #kittyB  with the help of @zudoshichimoto ~ this bottle of #wine  was a gift from #friends  for my bon voyage party. thanks @posm and @jeffyamada it's delicious! ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 104 #washingtonstate day 26 ~ i'm pretty much like a marmot or a pika. sit me on a rock with a view and i'll sun myself silly. several other hikers passed by while I took my snack break on this rock (which was right next to a waterfall). they all complimented my spot, the highest hiker praise. ~ pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 104 #washingtonstate  day 26 ~ i'm pretty much like a marmot or a pika. sit me on a rock with a view and i'll sun myself silly. several other hikers passed by while I took my snack break on this rock (which was right next to a waterfall). they all complimented my spot, the highest hiker praise. ~ pct17 #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 104 #washingtonstate day 26 ~ after several smoke filled days, i was granted a clear day of big #views. i was giddy from the views and the thoughts of stehekin (a trail town less about a day away). ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 104 #washingtonstate day 26 ~ #marmots in washington scream/whistle. i find it highly amusing. listen for whistle at end and beginning of this clip (and my crazy marmot talk in between). ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 103 #washingtonstate day 25 ~ dumb bridge. #dumbbridge #dumb #bridge ~ i was mad at this bridge for three days leading to my crossing. yes, i was very happy to have a safe place to cross the very treacherous suiattle river, but i was angry that this new bridge caused a 7 mile reroute of the trail (scroll to next pic to see the glorious u-bend). there also exists, according to trail notes of yesteryear, an old log crossing and the original overgrown trail. if you've been following my feed (and reading the tldr comments) you've seen my growing rebel tendencies and my use of alternates and unmaintained shortcuts. ignoring this mythical log took every ounce of self control i possess. i didn't want my family mourning my death at the same time they were swearing my reckless stupidity. ~ dumb bridge ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 103 #washingtonstate  day 25 ~ dumb bridge. #dumbbridge  #dumb  #bridge  ~ i was mad at this bridge for three days leading to my crossing. yes, i was very happy to have a safe place to cross the very treacherous suiattle river, but i was angry that this new bridge caused a 7 mile reroute of the trail (scroll to next pic to see the glorious u-bend). there also exists, according to trail notes of yesteryear, an old log crossing and the original overgrown trail. if you've been following my feed (and reading the tldr comments) you've seen my growing rebel tendencies and my use of alternates and unmaintained shortcuts. ignoring this mythical log took every ounce of self control i possess. i didn't want my family mourning my death at the same time they were swearing my reckless stupidity. ~ dumb bridge ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 103 #washingtonstate day 25 ~ more washington #cutewater ~ i call it that because i was constantly rounding a switch back or entering a glen and saying "cute" aloud, without thought or pretense. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 103 #washingtonstate day 25 ~ after an afternoon and evening of walking some very difficult trail (blowdowns, big gain, a river running down the trail), i woke to the smoke obscured views of glacier peak. and another tremendous challenging day. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 103 #washingtonstate  day 25 ~ after an afternoon and evening of walking some very difficult trail (blowdowns, big gain, a river running down the trail), i woke to the smoke obscured views of glacier peak. and another tremendous challenging day. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 102 #washingtonstate day 24 ~ the glorious power and beauty of #water take 2. also, thank goodness for even somewhat intact #bridges ~ upon seeing this i actually said aloud "keeping it classy PCT!!" ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 102 #washingtonstate day 24 ~ a pretty awesome day of ridge and bowl walking in the glacier peak wilderness. the smoke was creating some haze, but big #views were still to be had. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 101 #washingtonstate day 23 ~ yes, i'm *still* napping under trees (and hugging and talking to them). if i'm 93 and doing the same, i'll consider my life successful. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 101 #washingtonstate day 23 ~ do you understand my wandering when you see a glimpse of these #views so big they broke my mind and heart open? ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 101 #washingtonstate day 23 ~ on mornings like this it's very hard to imagine returning to "ordinary" life. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 99 #washingtonstate day 21 ~ mist and drizzle as i headed toward #stevenspass 😍~ i love the forests in washington. it's breaking my heart watching these forest fires burning from northern california into canada. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 99 #washingtonstate  day 21 ~ mist and drizzle as i headed toward #stevenspass  😍~ i love the forests in washington. it's breaking my heart watching these forest fires burning from northern california into canada. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 98 #washingtonstate day 20 ~ looking back up a boulder field i had just descended. this section was part of an "unrecommended" non-maintained old alternate trail that was part of the cascade crest trail system. i saw that description in the notes of my trail app and was like "i'm in!". while i'm very much a rule follower about leave-no-trace #LNT practices and fire safety, something about this journey has reignited my badass adventurer spirit.~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #badtothebone πŸ˜‚
#pct  #latergram  day 98 #washingtonstate  day 20 ~ looking back up a boulder field i had just descended. this section was part of an "unrecommended" non-maintained old alternate trail that was part of the cascade crest trail system. i saw that description in the notes of my trail app and was like "i'm in!". while i'm very much a rule follower about leave-no-trace #LNT  practices and fire safety, something about this journey has reignited my badass adventurer spirit.~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes  #badtothebone  πŸ˜‚
#pct #latergram day 98 #washingtonstate day 20 ~ i rejoined the primary pct route after following the goldmyer alternate for two days. i enjoyed the return to moderate grades and better footing. the views this day also did not disappoint.~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 98 #washingtonstate  day 20 ~ i rejoined the primary pct route after following the goldmyer alternate for two days. i enjoyed the return to moderate grades and better footing. the views this day also did not disappoint.~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 97 #washingtonstate day 19 ~ second day on the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. lake ivanhoe. the only reason i didn't swim here was because i swam in the waterfall pool above the lake. it's amazing i've managed to walk  1600ish miles of this trail with all the water and berry "distractions" tempting me to walk even slower than my turtle pace. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #water #lake #turquoisebluewater
#pct  #latergram  day 97 #washingtonstate  day 19 ~ second day on the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. lake ivanhoe. the only reason i didn't swim here was because i swam in the waterfall pool above the lake. it's amazing i've managed to walk 1600ish miles of this trail with all the water and berry "distractions" tempting me to walk even slower than my turtle pace. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes  #water  #lake  #turquoisebluewater 
#pct #latergram day 97 #washingtonstate day 19 ~ second day on the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. this a a #waterfall and pool above lake ivanhoe. one of the most beautiful vignettes i've encountered on the entire trail. i have a personal rule that any waterfall pool that is safe to get into i must get into. the temperature of this water was just above "brrrr i'm in the center of an ice cube", but the day was warm so in i went. i mean, look at that pool. i had too. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 97 #washingtonstate  day 19 ~ second day on the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. this a a #waterfall  and pool above lake ivanhoe. one of the most beautiful vignettes i've encountered on the entire trail. i have a personal rule that any waterfall pool that is safe to get into i must get into. the temperature of this water was just above "brrrr i'm in the center of an ice cube", but the day was warm so in i went. i mean, look at that pool. i had too. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
trail-lag is real yo! i walked almost the entire length of #washingtonstate leaving the last 60ish miles from #rainypass to #manningpark for the special time in my future when i finish all my #pct miles. my sister, brother-in-law, and j picked me up at the rainy pass trailhead, treating me to a beer, sandwich, chips, cookie, and soda while sitting in a deluxe lounge chair. i may be the new queen of the pct πŸ‘ΈπŸ» ~ j and i will be walking 150ish miles in the sierra before i call an end to my mountain wandering for the year. bittersweet to discover this wandering is my calling for it does not pay in ways that the rest of the world values. ~  #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #whimzwanders
trail-lag is real yo! i walked almost the entire length of #washingtonstate  leaving the last 60ish miles from #rainypass  to #manningpark  for the special time in my future when i finish all my #pct  miles. my sister, brother-in-law, and j picked me up at the rainy pass trailhead, treating me to a beer, sandwich, chips, cookie, and soda while sitting in a deluxe lounge chair. i may be the new queen of the pct πŸ‘ΈπŸ» ~ j and i will be walking 150ish miles in the sierra before i call an end to my mountain wandering for the year. bittersweet to discover this wandering is my calling for it does not pay in ways that the rest of the world values. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes  #whimzwanders 
#pct #latergram day 96 #washingtonstate day 18 ~ if you live in the seattle area, you owe it to yourself to hike up to snow lake. it's a very doable day hike on a well maintained trail. this is the first part of the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 96 #washingtonstate  day 18 ~ if you live in the seattle area, you owe it to yourself to hike up to snow lake. it's a very doable day hike on a well maintained trail. this is the first part of the goldmyer alternate route to the PCT. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 96 #washingtonstate day 18 ~ heading out of snoqualmie pass, i took a pct alternate that follows the original cascade crest trail route (most of the cascade crest trail became the PCT). two big selling points for this route are it passes the goldmyer hot springs and it's supposedly 10 miles shorter than the PCT thru this section. i'll just report that the hot springs, though small, were completely worth it, but the miles were not. the goldmyer alternate miles are some of the hardest i've covered on my trek. my slow uphill speed is now 2 mph, even with injuries. but on this alternate, I was fighting for 1.5 mph. probably a combination of inaccurate gps data and monster gain and difficulty footing. ~ #hotsprings #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 96 #washingtonstate  day 18 ~ heading out of snoqualmie pass, i took a pct alternate that follows the original cascade crest trail route (most of the cascade crest trail became the PCT). two big selling points for this route are it passes the goldmyer hot springs and it's supposedly 10 miles shorter than the PCT thru this section. i'll just report that the hot springs, though small, were completely worth it, but the miles were not. the goldmyer alternate miles are some of the hardest i've covered on my trek. my slow uphill speed is now 2 mph, even with injuries. but on this alternate, I was fighting for 1.5 mph. probably a combination of inaccurate gps data and monster gain and difficulty footing. ~ #hotsprings  #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 94-95 #washingtonstate day 16-17 ~ thanks to my sister and brother in law, i had two glorious zero days in #maplevalley and #seattle ~ i got to see my nephew, who was passing thru while on leave from his marine duties, and i snuggled with my fur niece and nephews, even when they weren't super willing. lots of coffee, alcohol, and tasty food was consumed. ~ #trailtown status approved ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 94-95 #washingtonstate  day 16-17 ~ thanks to my sister and brother in law, i had two glorious zero days in #maplevalley  and #seattle  ~ i got to see my nephew, who was passing thru while on leave from his marine duties, and i snuggled with my fur niece and nephews, even when they weren't super willing. lots of coffee, alcohol, and tasty food was consumed. ~ #trailtown  status approved ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 91 #washingtonstate day 13 ~ part of a "little" off trail walk to get water. because i'm #keepingitreal i'll admit i'll lost the trail on the way back because i wasn't paying attention on the way in. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 90 #washingtonstate day 12 ~ #tahoma day 2 aka #mtrainier ~ read previous post for naming rant ~ more obsessive pic taking. i saw other stuff, it was pretty, but meh. tahoma i only have eyes for you 😍~ thank you awesome #clouds for the assist ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 90 #washingtonstate  day 12 ~ #tahoma  day 2 aka #mtrainier  ~ read previous post for naming rant ~ more obsessive pic taking. i saw other stuff, it was pretty, but meh. tahoma i only have eyes for you 😍~ thank you awesome #clouds  for the assist ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 89 #washingtonstate day 11 ~ #tahoma aka #mtrainier ~ rainier is the dumbest name ever for such a majestic mountain. it's the name of a british military officer. #dumb it should be changed back to what the first people who lived here called it. ~ it's no secret that I have a small crush (all consuming passionate obsession) with this mountain. it's the reason I decided to hike this evil foot destroying trail 😜 (just kidding. I love your evil ways pct.) ~ best pic on top. keep scrolling for obsessive pic taking. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 89 #washingtonstate  day 11 ~ #tahoma  aka #mtrainier  ~ rainier is the dumbest name ever for such a majestic mountain. it's the name of a british military officer. #dumb  it should be changed back to what the first people who lived here called it. ~ it's no secret that I have a small crush (all consuming passionate obsession) with this mountain. it's the reason I decided to hike this evil foot destroying trail 😜 (just kidding. I love your evil ways pct.) ~ best pic on top. keep scrolling for obsessive pic taking. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 89 #washingtonstate day 11 ~ day 88 was a hard day. even though I hiked out of white pass pretty early, the miles weren't flowing. I found this beautiful but chilly camp and took pictures of the cold creepy mist before I packed up in the morning. ~ #themist #lake #creepy #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 89 #washingtonstate  day 11 ~ day 88 was a hard day. even though I hiked out of white pass pretty early, the miles weren't flowing. I found this beautiful but chilly camp and took pictures of the cold creepy mist before I packed up in the morning. ~ #themist  #lake  #creepy  #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 87 #washingtonstate day 9 ~ what happens in white pass stays in white pass. seriously. nothing to see here. just 7 dirty hikers drinking cheap beer playing with what we found in the crappy rental condo's party drawer. ~ #goodtimes #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 87 #washingtonstate  day 9 ~ what happens in white pass stays in white pass. seriously. nothing to see here. just 7 dirty hikers drinking cheap beer playing with what we found in the crappy rental condo's party drawer. ~ #goodtimes  #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 86 #washingtonstate day 8 ~ praise everything good in heaven and earth for terra firma post pucker factor πŸ’― ridgewalk ~ #alive #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct #latergram day 86 #washingtonstate day 8 ~ this was the ridge walk after the infamous "knife's edge" in #goatrockswilderness ~ search youtube for videos. ~ i did the alternate "stock route" which had two snow fields and a scramble at the end. it did not feel safe(r) and i wouldn't walk a horse across if you gave me a million dollars. ~ the "gentle" ridge walk following this was also terrifying because a thunderstorm had bloomed after i was already committed to my crossing and more afraid of turning around. sections of the ridge walk were eroded and required careful footing even as i tried to get off the ridge as quickly as possible. many people love this section because of the big views, but the views were obscured by smoke this day. ~ #afraidofheights #alive #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 86 #washingtonstate  day 8 ~ this was the ridge walk after the infamous "knife's edge" in #goatrockswilderness  ~ search youtube for videos. ~ i did the alternate "stock route" which had two snow fields and a scramble at the end. it did not feel safe(r) and i wouldn't walk a horse across if you gave me a million dollars. ~ the "gentle" ridge walk following this was also terrifying because a thunderstorm had bloomed after i was already committed to my crossing and more afraid of turning around. sections of the ridge walk were eroded and required careful footing even as i tried to get off the ridge as quickly as possible. many people love this section because of the big views, but the views were obscured by smoke this day. ~ #afraidofheights  #alive  #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 86 #washingtonstate day 8 ~  i walked beneath this #waterfall in #goatrockswilderness and even dunked myself in the baptismal pool at its base. it was cold, but the day was hot and i watched in amazement as 12ish other people passed without even stopping to put their feet in. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 86 #washingtonstate  day 8 ~ i walked beneath this #waterfall  in #goatrockswilderness  and even dunked myself in the baptismal pool at its base. it was cold, but the day was hot and i watched in amazement as 12ish other people passed without even stopping to put their feet in. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 85 #washingtonstate day 7 ~ this is another thru-hiker i walked with for a second and a half named tridub (think I have that right). we got to this glacial river crossing early because he had seen it in the late afternoon of the previous day raging from the heat. the logs we crossed on would be submerged in the afternoon and the footing treacherous because of the large volcanic boulder river bed and the cloudy silt filled water. i won't lie. i was scared shitless even though I know this pales in comparison to sierra river crossings. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 85 #washingtonstate  day 7 ~ this is another thru-hiker i walked with for a second and a half named tridub (think I have that right). we got to this glacial river crossing early because he had seen it in the late afternoon of the previous day raging from the heat. the logs we crossed on would be submerged in the afternoon and the footing treacherous because of the large volcanic boulder river bed and the cloudy silt filled water. i won't lie. i was scared shitless even though I know this pales in comparison to sierra river crossings. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct #latergram day 85 #washingtonstate day 7 ~ the northwestern face of #mtadams on an early morning. the air smelled of sulfur. not knowing whether or not this was normal, thoughts of mt. saint helens eruption from my childhood kept flashing through my mind. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  #latergram  day 85 #washingtonstate  day 7 ~ the northwestern face of #mtadams  on an early morning. the air smelled of sulfur. not knowing whether or not this was normal, thoughts of mt. saint helens eruption from my childhood kept flashing through my mind. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct day something (can't be bothered to count) #zeroday in #seattle ~ me and my main squeeze #coffee it's a pure uncomplicated love β€οΈβ˜•οΈβ€οΈ ~ #wheninseattle #trailtown  #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #whimzwanders
#pct day 84 #washingtonstate day 6 ~ #mtadams ~ the smoke was still omnipresent during my walk around the mountain, but the close up views were pretty spectacular. ~  #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct day 83 #washingtonstate day 5 ~ when wild berries line the trail it's hard to cover many miles πŸ“πŸ˜β€οΈ ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct day 82-83 #washingtonstate day 4-5 ~ #troutlake is a great little #trailtown where half the town provides #trailangel services like giving rides from the trailhead into town. i got puppy love from levi the dog and kitty love and scratches from the general store mouser. i got huckleberry everything - shake, pie, lemonade. ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct  day 82-83 #washingtonstate  day 4-5 ~ #troutlake  is a great little #trailtown  where half the town provides #trailangel  services like giving rides from the trailhead into town. i got puppy love from levi the dog and kitty love and scratches from the general store mouser. i got huckleberry everything - shake, pie, lemonade. ~ #pacificcresttrail  #pct2017  #pct17  #pctig  #hiking  #wanderlust  #outdoor  #nature  #backpacking  #trekking  #longasssectionhike  #mexicotocanada  #rei1440project  #trekthepct  #outdoors  #adventure  #pcta  #womenwhohike  #whimZhikes 
#pct day 82 #washingtonstate day 4 ~ this isn't the lake i skinny-dipped in. that one was even prettier but my bare butt was being bit by too many bugs to document πŸ˜‚ ~ #livebig #divein #lake #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes
#pct day 81 #washingtonstate day 3 ~ #nofilter ~ no lens ~ no editing ~ sometimes real life is just this beautiful and perfect and you hold your breath in disbelief and awe. #witnesstobeauty ~ #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #longasssectionhike #mexicotocanada #rei1440project #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes