After a 28.9 mile day with over 6000 feet of climbing from Trout Creek to Blue Lake today, my whole body hurts. The lake is a popular camping spot for overnighters and the only free space I could find was near two other women; who didn’t mind me encroaching on their space if I promised to share some trail stories with them.
I was on the trail at 6:20am this morning and struggled a little getting packed up and ready in the dark. It’s taking longer and longer for the sun to come up these days so I guess I’m going to have to get used to it.
I hiked 6 miles in under two hours this morning because the terrain was so flat, but then the climbing begun. I have been feeling a little off the last couple of days and honestly thought I would need to stop and vomit on a few occasions. I wonder if it is heat related and I’m not getting enough water? There was a 10 mile stretch after Panther Creek to the next water source, but somehow I passed it and had to go another 3 miles on my 1.5 litres. I miraculously managed to do 18 miles before finally stopping for lunch just after 2pm. I was exhausted and thirsty, but happy I only had 10 more miles to do afterwards. They turned out to be very steep uphill miles however!
On the way up I was suddenly hit with the realisation that I’m in Washington, I’ve almost been on the trail for 5 months, and I’ve come such a long way! I remember during some of the first days on trail wondering how on earth I would actually walk over 2000 miles and what 5 months on trail would be like. Well now I know, and boy am I glad I’m here now and not still back at day 1 in the desert!
It’s already after 10pm as I joined the two ladies around their camp fire to tell them stories, eat their left over dinner and drink hot chocolate. I’ve got about 24 miles to get to Trout Lake tomorrow, which should be achievable given there’s a lot less climbing compared to the last couple of days. Thank goodness! Goodnight for now from mile 2213!