Welcome to our chronicle of our 2015 thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail. To view our trail journal, scroll down or select a page by clicking the navigation button on the top right. We’ve included more information about our hike there as well. Thanks for visiting! -Bluebird & Spice RackRead more "Welcome"
Now that more than a couple of days have passed since the conclusion of the trip, we have had some time to notice things, mull them around in our heads, and come up with some reflections, both trivial and important. Some are hard to put into words, but, in no particular order, we’ll give it a shot.Read more "Reflections & Reactions"
The tide had retreated, leaving one hundred yards of wet reflective sand between us and the darkening sea. The changing colors of the sun could be seen on the wet sand long after it fell below the horizon, and we watched the silhouette of a heron as it moved stealthily searching for its intertidal dinner.Read more "12 – The Graveyard of the Pacific"
…but soon after arriving the temperature dropped, the winds picked up, and it started sleeting. We huddled under the awning of a pit toilet as we cooked dinner, dreading setting up our tent in a cold, wet storm after a hard day. Tired of waking up wet and freezing, and just plain tired, we decided to camp in the bathroom.Read more "11 – The Olympics"
It’s odd that while seeking solitude, we’ve in turn learned more about the human spirit than years in a city could have taught us. These folks have a lot or a little, are doing well or in a rough patch, are liberal or conservative. But they all see something in us that’s reminded them they’ve been helped before, and they want to help now.Read more "10 – Fidalgo & Whidbey Islands + Interlude on Gratitude"
Not only was the lookout perched right next to Mt. Baker’s glaciated peak, but it also offered views of the entire North Cascade range to the East, the Puget Sound to the West, and the Olympic mountains on the horizon. It was the first time we saw the ocean since leaving Seattle and it was amazing to see it surrounded by a sea of mountains.Read more "9 – Mt. Baker & The Chukanuts"
Instead we found a sign informing us that the highway was closed on both sides and we were effectively stranded. The sign said to sit tight and rangers would be patrolling for us. Which was especially a bummer since we’d just eaten our last granola bar.Read more "8 – The Pasayten Wilderness"