With 2 days to go until we reach Seattle, we have raised $10,140 of our $10,000 goal!
When we woke up, Dave was almost packed up already. It may be the first time we’ve ever been beaten out of camp! We followed him out and headed towards the pass. After several days of climbing, and finally hitting the hard part while it was still cool out, we all felt good and prepared for our last big elevation change: Washington Pass. We made it up in pretty record time and did a little celebrating (read: eating) at the top. Then we headed down and back up the much smaller Rainy Pass.
We spent some time at Rainy Pass; as we head further west into Washington people seem to be more and more interested in what we are doing and what we are raising money for (some have even heard of Conservation International) which is a nice feeling. After several conversations with different groups of hikers, we headed down the 37 mile descent from the pass.
It was beautiful (and scary) as we passed by the cliffs overlooking the turquoise blue glacial lakes, but, before we knew it, we were at the bottom of the descent sitting in Newhalem, our planned destination for the day. However, it was only 3pm. After some ice cream and soda (gotta get those calories, right?) We decided to move on to the next town, Marblemount, 15 miles away.
Or attitude towards lodging has changed quite a bit since the beginning of the trip, and we weren’t very worried about finding a place to sleep. Sure enough, it took only a short conversation with a local to lead us to ask the town BBQ joint whether we could set up our tent on their back yard. The answer was yes (though the owner, who’s wife had not yet informed him that we were staying there, was caught off guard when he found us there around 10pm) and we spent the rest of the evening catching up on journaling, playing cards, and talking to people around town. Our evening ended quietly; we are all anticipating our arrival in Seattle, but none of us can believe that the trip is actually ending, so it took some quiet time to try to make some sense of it.