September 3, 2017
Snoqualmie Pass – Ridge Lake (2390.60-2397.84)
We got to sleep in this morning, and we woke up and went up to the cabin, there were cookies and coffee waiting for breakfast. I’ll say it time and time again, the kindness we receive from total strangers out here is absolutely mind blowing. It totally inspires you to pay it forward. Once we got all of our stuff packed up, Cas gave us a ride back to Snoqualmie Pass. We had heard about this amazing food truck in the Chevron parking lot, and had our eye on getting something to eat there. Unfortunately, it seemed to be closed when we arrived, but we sat outside for so long trying to decided what to do instead that it ended up opening.
Adam showed up while we were waiting, which was super exciting, and we saw in the trail register that Cougar and Dr. McDirty were there on Friday, so we might have a tiny hope of catching them before we get to Canada. When the food truck opened, we both ordered the curry, and were given free beers that they give out to PCT hikers. More trail magic! The curry was absolutely amazing, and there was soooo much of it. So good. While we sat there, we ordered our last couple of resupply boxes, and also booked our flight home for once the hike is over! That was kind of a crazy feeling. We only have about 2 weeks left on trail, and the fact that it’s really almost over is starting to set in now. I still think I’m ready to be done, but it’s going to be a weird feeling to finish this thing that has been my whole life for the past 5 months.
We eventually decided it was time to get back on trail mid-afternoon, and walked up the road to the trailhead. Of course, the hike started out with a 5 mile climb up into Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, and most of it was shaded. Being Sunday afternoon, there was an absolutely massive number of day hikers coming down the hill, meaning we were having to pass people on the trail every couple of minutes. Every once in a while we’d get out of the trees and get some totally beautiful views. I’m totally loving Washington now, it’s so incredibly gorgeous. We also saw our first couple of pikas (I have no clue if I’m spelling that right) today, and they were freaking adorable.
We reached Ridge Lake while it was still pretty early in the evening, but we decided to stop so we could catch up on our blog posts (we’d let ourselves fall a couple days behind) and get a good night’s sleep. Stopping for camp early feels so luxurious. Can’t wait to see what kind of beautiful sights Washington will bring us tomorrow!