2.7 miles hiked
4 year anniversary of my sexual assault today. Today my assault won. I left trail. I'm not sure if I'll be back this year. I hiked while crying the whole time.
2.7 miles hiked
I got on trail around 3pm after waiting for my shoes to arrive and hiked 2.7 miles out to the first water source. I went over 27 blow downs in that time. I got to camp just before 4:30pm. It was mosquito hell hiking today. I had to stop to put on my Deet and bug shirt. After I set up my tent I could see all of them outside trying to get in and bite me.
After going back and forth calling the doctor and giving them my insurance and blah blah blah. They say they couldn’t see me. So instead we went to the store and I picked up halls and some sleep stuff to knock me the hell out so my body can heal itself while I sleep.
I met Daddy Long Legs again which was so funny because I had a weird feeling I would see him today when we were driving to the store. We ended up giving him a ride back to White Pass where I picked up my boxes to at least be a little proactive today and get my resupply dealt with before I knocked myself out with the sleepy aid.
When we got back to the house I did exactly that. First. Organize resupply (I have lots of food I will have to give away now that I’m upping my miles) Second. Eat chicken noodle soup. And third, knock myself out.
I slept for 3 hours so deeply that I was sweating when I woke up, I guess I'm sweating out the sickness. When I woke up my throat definitely felt a lot better. So that’s promising.
I then ate some dinner while Jennifer went to a little get together, and now I’m about to knock myself out again :) night night
3.2 miles hiked
Okay. I don’t know what the hell is going on. Last night I slept so badly. I was so hot even without my sleeping bag on me. I was sweating. Then I got super cold I needed it on me and my other clothes. Then hot again.
I woke up with an incredibly raw and sore throat. Hurts to swallow, chew and breathe.
Not sure how I’m going to hike up and down mountains today with my throat hurting like this with my normal breathing let alone with hiking. What do I do?
Why do I have such bad luck? Because first... the 3 mile break down a couple days ago, then this? Oh and don’t forget the weird ankle injury a week or so ago… seriously what the hell? I thought that everything that could have gone wrong would have been last year… ugh.
I’m sure there is a reason for me being sick but it certainly is not fun in this moment and I don’t see any upside right now.
I’m going to try a nap and some Tylenol PM to sleep it off a bit and maybe I can hike in the afternoon today if I feel better?
Definitely not feeling any better. Time to back track and find a hitch to town to get some meds into my body and see a doctor.
I walked back the 3.2 miles and met another section northbound Washington hiker so we hiked about a mile together for some human interaction.
That makes it about 15 miles I’ve hiked with someone else so far?
I got two hitches to get to Packwood. The second hitch offered me to stay with her for free at her air bnb while I got better which was amazing.
We went to the store so I could get some food, I watched a couple movies and laid down, doctor is closed till tomorrow so I can’t see them today.
I called up REI as well because my shoes should be here by Wednesday afternoon but I haven’t even gotten a notification for it being shipped so I’m a little worried about that. They said that they will get it there in time… so hopefully LOL.
We then ate burgers for dinner and played Rummikub. It was fun teaching her to play, and now she loves it.
Went to sleep around 9:30
3.2 miles hiked
Finally getting my groove back.
Mosquito hell here though.
Woke up with my throat a little sore I think from chatting at the bar so much last night. I guess I’m so used to being solo that I don’t talk as much anymore.
Got my ride at 1:30 and got to hiking at 3:50. The views are gorgeous. Just what I needed to get back at it. Change of scenery and feeling super pumped to be in my tent tonight. When I got to camp I set up quickly as there were a bunch of mosquitoes, but luckily they mostly went away when it started to get a little windy. I went to the lake to get my water and then settled into my tent and watched the lake views from the safety of my tent. I went to bed at 8:30, for the first time a normal bed time for a hiker. I know tomorrow will be a good day because I am going to get so much more sleep then I normally do. I’ll just be flying through the miles.
3 miles hiked
I forgot Glow at the hotel so I messaged Chili on the way up to the trail so he can either give it to our friend to ship with the other stuff I dropped or he can hike with him to me.
Made it to trail and it was time to start hiking. I listened to Taylor Swift’s new album for the first 1.5 hours. (damn what a great album)
Then by hour two something shifted…
Today… No pain, no aches, but mentally I was not fine. I am not fine. I don't know what is wrong though because nothing feels wrong. Meaning I can’t pin point exactly what is wrong. I hiked 3 miles and then sat down and suddenly started crying and it wouldn’t stop for almost 3 hours no matter what tactics I tried to tell myself that I was fine.
I came across some trail maintenance people and they took me down the mountain again. What the hell is wrong with me? When I got down there I came across Chili again, who was supposed to be on trail already and hiking. We decided to split another room to share costs, got some food, I retrieved Glow back from him, and I took a nap. I cried in the hotel room a bit more too. Ugh what is wrong with me?
I later found out that this time should be when I am getting my period, but because I am taking my birth control continuously to avoid a period on trail and having to pack out tampons etc I didn’t realize. Makes more sense now that everything felt wrong even though nothing was actually wrong. I gave myself a little grace after that.
In the evening we went to the bar for a couple drinks and then back to the hotel room, then couldn’t settle down so we went back to the bar till closing and then the hot tub. Good nights sleep and ready to hit the trail tomorrow.
Today was a very lazy day. I was hung over from last nightso I slept until 1030. Then I went ahead and warmed up my spaghetti and meatballs and ate that for breakfast. Last night I met a man named Yabbadabbadude who hiked the trail in 2013. He said last night that he can ship my gear that I don’t want back to my friend in Portland so I can drop some weight in my pack. I was super pumped. So, today that was my main job. Get rid of crap I don’t need. Plus do laundry cuz my clothes are stinky. I finished all the chores and Chili and I decided to split a room tonight to share costs and we did our laundry together and then both decided to nap. I couldn’t sleep right away so I finally read and finished the first third of my book. Now I have to wait to read the second third though so that sucks haha. Right when you get into it right?
Yabbadabbadude came by after around 4 to hang out, answer questions about the trail and then we went to get dinner all together. He was super nice and paid for our dinner (we didn’t even realize it till he said for us to go resupply now) All in all a nice easy lazy day :)
9.5 miles hiked
Today I realized after digging a cat hole 2 times before 8 that I forgot to resupply my wet wipes and I would be running out before I got to the next town so I found a bail out road on FarOut and decided to hike 9.5 miles to get a hitch out. With IBS I can’t afford to not have wet wipes.
It was a beautiful day hiking. Either I’m getting stronger or the hiking terrain is easier than before in May, but I felt great. No pain in my injury areas.
When I got to the road some trail work people said they could give me a ride and I went back to Snoqualmie pass.
They dropped me right in front of the Inn and I got a room asap and dropped all my stuff in the room and went to get food. I ordered spaghetti and meat balls and took the left overs for breakfast the next morning.
The waitress helped me find a hitch back to trail for two mornings from today at 6am. Sadly, no one was available tomorrow so I have an unplanned zero day, but it’s all apart of the journey this year.
On the way back to the room I saw Chili again and we went to the hot tub to hang out for a bit. Met some other hikers at the pool and chatted for a bit. Then the bar tender came into the hot tub area and said “bar is open guys come on by if you want”
Chili and I looked at each other and said alright let’s go dry off and hit the bar for a few drinks. I, of course was craving Caesar’s and ordered a Bloody Mary which is an American version of a Caesar. It was a decent Bloody Mary, but wasn’t quite hitting a spot so I went to the gas station next-door and bought some Clamato juice and I was the bartender to make it with that. He agreed, and we started experimenting to make as close to a Canadian Cesar as we can get. Throughout the night, we had more hikers come by on locals, and we played music and danced and played pool. We stayed out till closing as we all lost track of time.
5.5 miles…. I got vortex’ed into a beautiful lake…
So I was supposed to go 10.4 miles today but the lake was phenomenal. I knew I would regret not staying here because if I’m not out here enjoying the woods in solitude sometimes instead of just walking for hours then what am I doing?
I hiked 2.5 miles of the day with two awesome day hikers. I met lots of dogs and other day hikers along the way.
Finally started to read my book that I’ve had since Stehekin.
I was given some snacks from dayhikers... cheeseeeeee.
I took two swims in the lake.
Enjoyed the sunshine and the birds and chipmunks. Pure beauty.
A section PCT hiker joined me for dinner and then went off to their campsite across the creek. It was a beautiful night with my rain fly off, listening to birds, seeing the stars, and enjoying a solo camping spot :)
Back on trail!!!
4.7 miles hiked
Today I got my ride from Stevens Pass to snoqualimie Pass from a woman named Brandy. When we got to the Chevron, I picked up my box and gave it to her because she offered to mail it back to my friends house and then I got a little bit of food and met a girl named Bullet, who offered to host me in Bend when I get there.
Then I met someone name Saunter who is 60 years old and is hiking with PCT for the eighth year in a row this year. Crazy, right?
We did a bit of a resupply and then I ordered a 16 inch round pizza to eat for lunch and then I packed out the rest of it for dinner on trail. Saunter and I decided to hike together and camp together that night because he was doing a double Nero and I was going to go further, but I really wanted to talk with Saunter and pick his brain about the trail and his wild life. We took it easy to camp with a couple rests and when we got there I convinced him to stay at this campsite instead of .6 miles more. (Which when I past that camp the next day I’m glad we chose the one we did)
We set up camp, talked with a day hiker who had a 14 year old dog named Buttercup and talked to a section hiker for a bit. Once they left we kept chatting till around 8:30pm. Sharing pizza, hot chocolate, cherries, and Reeses’s peanut butter cups.
He helped me pair down my gear again to lighten my pack when I get to the next town.
I slept with my rain fly off tonight. So peaceful being back on trail.