Howdy! Here are some photos from the last few miles. It was a good stretch, Goat Rocks was indeed as cool as everyone said it would be. Here's a little journal excerpt...
"Here we are. Day 4 of our 7 day stretch to finish Washington and cross into Oregon. We did 23 miles today. Longest day yet & we feel great! It only took about one month to start feeling good, aka to get our "hiker legs." This particular section probably would have lasted another half day, but part of the PCT was closed due to a wildfire around Mt Adams; we knew this was the situation before we left White Pass & had instructions to hike a 2.5 mile trail out to a nearby road where we could walk on a series of roads for about 14 miles or hitch a ride. Within minutes of stepping onto the road, Eddie, a local camp host was passing by in a truck with his two boys. He first said he could only take us a few miles but ended up driving us straight to the trailhead as we cruised in the back. No road walking for us today!
Prior to our detour, we had an unexpected ford across an unmapped raging river, likely from the low snow year and recent heat wave. The water smelled like a geyser as it rushed across the lava rocks, and we heard loud thunder cracking above us. Minutes after the river crossing and wet shoes to show for it, it started to rain. We were fine and happy, but the next day our gear had a scent reminiscent of being on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland... Which got us thinking, is being on be the trail like being a pirate? The answer is obviously yes. Both hikers and pirates are vitamin c deficient and at risk of scurvy. Both only have one direction to go, and you can't easily turn back. Both hikers and pirates are worried about rodents getting their food. Also there isn't much variety or excitement surrounding food. Both are excited and nervous about whom they might encounter along the way: friends (like the 3 marine corps dudes that gave us peanut butter trail mix, tortillas, jalapeño jerky, and two Payday candy bars today because they were "getting the hell out of here") or folks you'd rather just not be around (we won't give specifics). And finally, both hikers and pirates are using maps to find their treasure, whether it be gold or the next town with a cheeseburger and beer."
Food is usually the topic of conversation, but talking about pirates is fun too. We have been doing this thing for about a month, happy trailiversary! Cheers.
Portland here we come!