PCT Diary :: Day 23 – July 26, 2019

Mile 408/2650 (30 today) ⁣⁣

Another early start; I unzip my tent door to be reminded that I’m camped in this glorious meadow… Indian Paintbrush and Lupins frame sunrise over Mount Adams.

I’m happy to meet Therese when I stop to fill my water bottle at the river. She sows the seed that’s she’s going for a 30 miler…and I wonder if today’s the day for me to try the same.. the most I’ve done is 26. ⁣⁣

I’m feeling strong and there’s not a lot of elevation. ⁣⁣

I pass by the 400 mile mark early afternoon. These are the rare moments that I wish I didn’t hike alone. It would have been nice to have shared this. To have high 5’d someone. But I mentally high 5 myself, smile and keep walking.

And then after passing a boulder field I come to a small pool, fed by snow melt. The arches of my feet ache and I’m too tempted to keep walking. So I bathe them in the icy pool. Bliss. ⁣⁣

Cooling off

The mozzies are excited by my presence as I work to put up my tent, near a beautiful waterfall. ⁣⁣

Once inside the mass killing begins. I’m a gentle woman but when it comes to these creatures, death is the only option. ⁣⁣

I then lie back on the dusty floor of my tent, exhausted. Blowing up my thermarest can wait. Dinner can wait. ⁣⁣

I’m empty and just need to lie here. ⁣⁣

30 miles in this heat is really hard. ⁣⁣

But totally doable. We CAN do hard things.

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