Another restless night and another starry sky. I think it was the rustling mice that kept waking me up but when I noticed Orion coming up over the trees on the other side of the lake I didn’t mind so much. Every hour after midnight I woke and peered over the log next to me to check the movement of the sky.
Finally it was light and we all started packing up for the 8 miles to the road. There weren’t any spectacular views or hard bits, just walking up and down, a few switchbacks and then we came to highway 2 and all got easy hitches to Skykomish. We’ve checked in to The Dinsmore’s. They are established trail angels with hiker boxes, spare clothes while yours are washing, a hot tub and computer access.
Most of the talk has been about weather conditions. We’re (the Noodleheads and I) missing our planned zero day in the hope of reaching Stehekin dry, or at least with only one day of rain. I’ve looked at some photos of previous years and seen people finishing in snow. That’s not going to happen to us. It’s too early and too warm but it would suck to come all this way in sunshine and then spend the last 100 miles soaking wet and miserable.
I don’t know what the phone line is like in Stehekin. If you don’t get new reports by Wednesday Sept 19th you can assume I couldn’t contact the world from there and am busy storming towards the border. T-190Distance today: 8.2 miles. Total distance: 2476.4 miles