Mileage: a bunch of ZEROS! (though with 300 miles of bus travel)
We had planned on waking up at 5am to catch a bus to Chelan, WA so we could take the “Lady of the Lake” Ferry on Lake Chelan to Stehekin, WA, then board a shuttle bus from there to the PCT, and start hiking north to the Canadian boarder. But I woke up and checked the fire reports again and another fire had started and forced fire crews to close the road access to the trail. The entire trail itself wasn’t officially closed (though a part of it was) but they were encouraging hikers to use their best judgement and stay out of the area. Soooooo….. we changed plans again! We didn’t want to get into a dangerous situation where another fire might start next to the trail and force the fire crews to rescue our butts! Also, the smoke is supposed to be TERRIBLE in north of Stevens Pass… so there’s that too.
We knew our best option was to get back to Portland, but the only way to get there was to first travel to Seattle! Lucky for us one of my best friends lives in Seattle, so I called her up and she graciously volunteered to take us in (all while she is planning her wedding and getting married in TWO weeks!). Needless to say she is pretty awesome. We love you Lindsey!
So how did we get to Seattle? Derek wanted to try hitch hiking, so he gave it a shot, but we ended up taking a bus from Leavenworth to Seattle.
After a 3.5 hour bus ride, we got dropped off in downtown Seattle. We walked about a mile and half through the city with our backpacks and it was hard to walk through the crowds with such a large load. We had perfect timing though, because we were able to meet Lindsey right after she got off of work, and I was able to attend her last wedding dress fitting before her big day! I am a bridesmaid in her wedding and since I have been on the trail for the past several months, I haven’t really been able to take part in any of the festivities yet, so it was really nice to take part in her bridal fitting.
Lindsey then took us to an awesome restaurant in West Seattle called Marination and bought us dinner! You can see the city skyline from the restaurant and it was a beautiful day in the city.
We had a wonderful and relaxing night at Lindsey’s house and even had time to watch a movie before bedtime, what a luxury! We said goodbye to Lindsey, and in the morning, her wonderful fiancé Dave drove us to the bus station to get back to Portland.
The bus ride back to Portland took about 4 hours, but the bus was nice and it only cost $25 each! After getting dropped off in downtown Portland, we took a Car2Go to our friend Wendy’s place (The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast) where she is very kindly letting us stay while we prep for the our next section. Thanks Wendy, we love you! Our first night back, we got to eat something we have been craving for weeks: sushi!
The next day we got to spend some time with my Molly, Will and Janie and Will’s parents! Will smoked some delicious ribs for dinner and Janie was in top form the whole time, so it was a great evening!
We less than two weeks before we have to be back in South Lake Tahoe for Lindsey’s wedding, so we are going to hike a 200 mile section in northern Oregon. Tomorrow we are driving to Bend, OR where my Uncle Jeff is going to pick us up from the rental car place and drive us to the trail near Elk Lake Resort. From there we will hike north to Cascade Locks in about 11 days! We have been jumping all over the place, but hey, its all part of the adventure!