Twig Adventures

Day 14: Beautiful Waptus River

July 19th, 2018 Mm 2452 to Waptus River mm 2428 Distance: 24 miles The day got off to a rough start but ended as a really good one, mostly bug-free! It was another stay-inside-tent morning and I was on trail by 7 am, running downhill to escape the cloud of bugs. The mountains were pretty socked in but I could tell that it was clearing, just like the day before. The cool morning was a nice break from the heat. I saw my first snake on the trail..a harmless garter. It gave me a start anyway. Later I saw a deer. I also found some ripe huckleberries. Then there was a forest service crew cutting deadfall with their headnets on.[…]

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Day 13: Onto the next Section

July 18th, 2018 Stevens Pass mm 2464 to mm 2452 Distance: 12 miles For once, no one in my room snored but a guy next door was sawing logs all night and the walls were very thin. Everyone could hear him but I was closest to the source. Nothing earplugs couldn’t solve, luckily. I slept in a bit, had granola for breakfast, and worked on my blog all morning. Surprisingly, the valley was socked in with clouds and it was considerably cooler. The first clouds I have seen in a week! I was waiting for the PO to open at 11:30 but also needed the extra time to catch up. The wifi at the hotel didn’t work but at least[…]

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Day 12: Escaping the bugs

July 17th, 2018 Lake Janus mm 2474 to Stevens Pass mm 2464 Distance: 10 miles The bug situation seemed to be even worse in the morning. Plus, I was feeling groggy from the benadryl and slept until 6 am. I just did not want to get up and deal with the bugs. As a result, it took me forever to pack up. At 0720 I practically ran away from my campsite and did not stop for quite awhile. I even wore my head net for a few miles. If I never see that place again, I will not be sad. I later met two day hikers from a nearby town. They said it was the worst year for bugs that[…]

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Day 11: Rolling along

July 16th, 2018 Reflection Pond mm 2500 to Lake Janus mm 2474 Distance: 26 miles The trail did a lot of short ups and downs today but was pretty cruisy. I took my time breaking camp and was on trail at 7 am, just in time to meet Lucas, who had already hiked 3 miles. He wakes up really early. We shortly caught up to the couple that was camped at the pond with me. Emily and Ryan are also hiking the whole trail. Emily hiked the AT previously and works as an outdoor guide in Finland. Then we caught another couple, Sherpa and Mr. Miagi. We all took a break at a Lake Sally Ann but no one was[…]

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Day 10: Still around Glacier Peak

July 15th, 2018 Mica Lake mm 2521 to Reflection Pond mm 2500 Distance: 21 miles It was another big day with over 6000 feet of elevation gain and loss. We had agreed to sleep in a bit to let the snow soften up but I was a awake at 5 am as usual so I caught up on the blog. The sun began hitting my tent at 6 am, being that we were so high up and exposed. I had a leisurely breakfast and enjoyed my views of the lake. It was already so warm, I didn’t mind taking my layers off as I packed. I left camp around 0745, my latest start yet. This was just the kind of[…]

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Day 9: Up and down around Glacier Peak

July 14th, 2018 Mm 2543 to Mica Lake mm 2521 Distance: 22 miles It was another stunning day in the Cascades. This area has such raw, rugged beauty, it rivals all other places I have hiked. Today I did a whopping 8437 feet of ascent and 5794 of descent! It was huge day but the scenary gave me the energy to keep going. We were rewarded with an overnight at the frozen beauty Mica lake. It was the best day yet! I woke up at 5 am and was on trail by 0615 am so that I could catch up with the 5 ahead of me. Sure enough, 2 were still at the campsite and another 2 I met taking[…]

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Day 8: Flying high

July 13th, 2018 Swamp Creek mm 2564 to mm 2543 Distance: 21 miles There were lots of interesting wildlife encounters today, plus a few really exciting events that involved things flying overhead. First, I nearly stumbled into a deer when I got out of my tent. I had to go to the bathroom and she followed me. As soon as I was done, she went to the spot and started licking. Gross. I guess they like the salt in our pee. I was on the trail by 7 am and it was a steady climb for 12 miles. I was listening to some music and heard a roar growing louder. I looked up just in time to see a fighter[…]

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Day 7: Escaping town

July 12th, 2018 High Bridge Mm 2572 to Swamp Creek mm 2564 Distance: 8 miles The town vortex exerted its pull but I was able to escape in the end. I woke early even still because I wanted to hand wash some clothes and give them time to dry. I camped right near the batroom, which had a nice sink. The campsites require a permit but are free. It’s surprising that the campground is free, with such nice facilities and in a resort town, to boot. It there ever was a town to hang out in, this is a pretty good one. It is a funky little place. Later I walked over to the one pay phone, which doesn’t actually[…]

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Day 6: The first official town day–Stehekin

July 11th, 2018 Mm 2595 to High Bridge mm 2572 Distance: 23 miles It was almost all downhill on this day, which wreaked havoc on my feet. I’d say it was probably one of the worst hiking days ever, in terms pain and suffering. But the reward was the first official town stop. We wanted to catch the 6 pm bus to town so we were off pretty early and kept a steady pace all day. We took advantage of the nice toilets at Rainy Pass. Then the trail paralleled the highway for about 1 mile then was back into the woods. There were some cool log bridges to cross. We stopped at a big stream for lunch and I[…]

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Day 5: A mountain marathon

July 10th, 2018 Harts Pass mm 2622 to mm 2595 Distance: 27 miles Today was a good day for a marathon. I had taken it easy the day before, I got an early start, and it was cold and cloudy all day, prompting me to keep moving just to stay warm. It was drizzling when I began packing at 5 am and didn’t let up until about 8 am. It was also foggy. I was on the trail by 6 am, despite the rain. With the umbrella, I don’t mind as much having to set out in the rain. A gradual climb warmed me up, but still I left my rain jacket and skirt on well into the afternoon. Actually,[…]

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