Tuesday late morning I was walking along a rocksli

Tuesday late morning I was walking along a rockslide area and who is walking towards me…Beowolf! He is a terrific guy that was part of last summer’s hiking adventure for six weeks. We camped with him, shared town stops and various trail angel stops. He just returned from walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. We chatted and caught up and kept on. I hiked hard all day and decided to take the alternate trail–Waptus River Trail which is lower in elevation. It also cuts 15 miles off of the PCT. I’m at Stevens Pass and will hitch to the Dinsmore’s. They are trail Angels that are legendary in their hospitality.

I have now arrived at the Dinsmore’s. There are 8 others here. Paint your Wagon is also here whom I met back at mile 78 in the desert last year. Two acres to set up your tent or there is a hiker dorm. Also a kitchen, laundry, shower and other creature comforts. I’m tired and sore. New ache is groin. I may take a day off tomorrow but unsure right now. The Wolverine Creek fire is in the area I’m headed and there is a stretch of the PCT that is closed with a reroute in place. Everyone is planning their strategy for the final 190 miles.

I have wifi if I stay right where I am. Cell service is almost nonexistent. Thunder showers are predicted for this evening but I’m not betting on it.

They have beer here for one dollar!

Ill update plans tomorrow.
Poco Loco

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My sister in law, Karen picked me up on Sunday eve

My sister in law, Karen picked me up on Sunday evening and I stayed with her and my brother. Better than a town any day. I iced various areas of my body and I’m almost good as I can be. Thank you family! Picked up resupply at Snoqualmie Pass and new shoes. Mine were worn out. They weren’t new to start with. New ones feel very stout. I like that! I wear Salomon Comp 7 trail runners.
I’m camped on a wooded saddle with views in all directions. This section is indescribable in the beauty. I’m thinking…Lush but majestic. Dramatic and steep . Truly a beautiful stretch. I’m feeling like a big day might be coming tomorrow. 6000 feet of vertical gain and 24 miles. My plan is to be on the trail by 5:00. I can only hike my pace so there are only two ways to hike more miles. Start earlier and hike later! Feeling good but still sore.
Poco Loco

Trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass

Ridge Lake

Night night!

I’m writing this in the pleasure of sitting on my

I’m writing this in the pleasure of sitting on my most very comfortable sleeping pad. It’s a Thermarest NeoAir. I highly recommend this piece of gear. It weighs 6 or 7 ounces. It is one of my favorite things and I sleep great every night. Of coarse, I’m tired too! I’m at mile 2334 at an elevation of 5700 feet. Camped on a knoll before the downhill first thing in the morning. (Then, back up!). There are two campsites near me but they aren’t occupied. It’s really nice. My feet need some doctoring but I’ll let them start to heal overnight and wrap as needed in the morning. Really wonderful views today. It’s fun not knowing what is around each bend! My friend, Holly, asked me why I seem to be enjoying being alone this time. THIS year I have zero expectations about being part of a group. If it happens, fine but hiking by myself has been very satisfying. I can do this.

Today was only 17 miles but my feet were trashed.

Night night. Poco Loco needs to get horizontal!
That’s the trail on a steep mountainside.

I’ve named this lake Joni Mitchell. I hope she is recovering. It looked like an “M” to me.

Hi All!

Hi All!

I’m taking a lunch break. Today is Friday and I’m taking today easier. Giving my body to mend. Yesterday was fairly tough. 26 miles from White Pass to Dewey Lake. One half mile before I got to my destination I tripped on a rock, root or maybe just air. Down I went. Landed with left quad on a sharp rock, right knee on a rock and skinned forearms. Nothing serious but today I feel kinda beat up. Advil to the rescue!

One cool thing yesterday was very early in the day I was walking through a stretch with hundreds of newly hatched frogs. They couldn’t even hop yet and probably couldn’t see. I tried to avoid all of them.

I again camped with Barefoot. I won’t see him again because his plan was 35 miles today. I’m hoping for only 20. I need a little rest. I’m in Mt Rainier National Park. The mountain is over 14,100 feet and getting closer.

Heard lots of Grouse this morning. They sound like a drum beat.

I’m doing well. Happy and thankful.
Love poco loco.
Sketchy water crossing

Taken from where I’m sitting.

These photos are from today.

These photos are from today.
Crossing a glacier.
My Rainier
That really is a trail!
The Knife Edge
Sweet!

Well…the past two days have been epic in every w

Well…the past two days have been epic in every way. Yesterday I packed up and was on the trail at 5:30 with the pink light of dawn. Met at least a dozen southbound hikers and heard of the glory that awaits me. I hiked hard and alone all day and kept trying to remember all the words to “Mr. Bojangles”. Good thing no one could here me. My kids used to tell me that I ruined the song when I sang! Anyway, I took very few breaks and kept going. It was just one of those days where everything clicked. I had hike 12 miles by 10 am and 20 miles by 2 pm. That earns me an “atta girl!”. I got an ugly blister on my left pinkie tow. I treated it and it will be fine. I wanted to cross Cyspus Pass before stopping. I will include a picture of the waterfall I camped near. Bearfoot came along after I set up camp and he camped with me. He earned his name because he has hiked 30% of the trail barefoot! He is 20 years old and will get to Canada in fifteen hiking days. A strong kid! I hiked 26 miles yesterday.

Today I was on the trail by 5 am because even though it was “only” 21 miles the scenery was going to be spectacular. I was in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. I will include a photo of the Knife Edge. It’s above tree line and the trail is two feet wide with sheer cliffs on either side. It was beautiful. Too bad no one shared that with me but now I’m in tiny little town that is really just a ski resort and a gas station. I had a box to pick up at the gas station/convenience market. I have a motel room and am clean. The stink gets pretty bad. I just sorted my food for the next section which is 100 miles to Snoqialmie Pass. I HOPE to get there in four days but it may be five. Probably four and a half.

I’m have a wonderful adventure. Thank you all for caring and for the comments. I never know when I’ll have a cell signal.

Love, Poco Loco
I will add today’s pics in separate post. Trust me I’m lame at this.

Today went very well. A local trail angel gave th

Today went very well. A local trail angel gave three of us a ride from town to the trail. I didn’t start hiking until 10:30 but, still the day was smooth. A moderate climb for several hours, much of that was through a burned forest. Parts of it are showing strong signs of life returning which almost made me cry. When there is no life the world is eerily quiet. But I heard birds and rodents. Next I entered a healthy forest with intense shades of electric green. It was overcast and threatening rain all day so my pictures aren’t good. About five miles ago I had to cross a glacial stream with several tributaries. It was fast moving and I didn’t see a clear path of rocks to jump my way across. I took off my shoes, put on my Crocs and waded slowly across. I wasn’t terrified but I did have to take a potty break after I crossed! I hiked 18.16 miles today and am camped alone at a trail junction. My tent is set and I’ve enjoyed my beef stew out of a plastic bag. Don’t say “ugh” until you’ve tried it! If Mother Nature want to deliver rain tonight, I’m ready and everywhere in the western US needs rain. Thank you Chris and the Universe for removing Mosquitos from my path. I’m so much happier. It’s 65 miles from Trout Lake to White Pass where I will resupply. I think I’ll get there in three and a half days including today. Don’t know when I’ll be able to send this.

I’m enjoying my solitude and even make myself laugh as I stumble down the trail. Time to get inside my tent and say goodnight. Love, Poco Loco
PS. Yes, Dr G, I do feel lucky.

PSS. It is now Wednesday afternoon. I’ll write again tonight.

I was finally able to post the previous entry t

I was finally able to post the previous entry this morning after not being able to yesterday like I thought. Cell service is rare. The hiking yesterday was pleasant even though it was 90% in forest. I was ready to stop after 19.55 miles when I came upon three tents. Chatted with them and decided to camp there. They were all from Texas and clearly this WAS their first rodeo. All were carrying 50 pound packs and struggling to do ten miles a day. Very chatty and good guys. I was gone before they woke up. It was 6:30 and all I needed was my shorts and tank top to feel comfortable. Soon I climbed into a cloud and it was misting. I layered up. After just a few miles I met Twiggy. He had an equipment malfunction yesterday and dumped a liter of water inside his pack! When he stopped last evening he was taking everything out to set up camp and dry things out when his sleeping bag (in stuff sack) rolled down a hill and off a cliff! He searched for two hours, gave up and slept cold. When I met him he only needed to go seven miles to a paved road to hitch to a town and get a new bag. Also met Never Better. You can imagine how good his attitude was. Great guy. Once I crossed a ridge and started a descent it started raining. I was okay for a few hours but when I got to the second forest service road with access to Trout Lake I hitched in. I’m now dry and have a room for $25 above the general store. There are a few northbound hikers here. I have a ride back to the trail in the morning. All is well in WA and the weather will improve tomorrow. Love: Poco Loco