Guest blogger / by nigel grey

 

Guest Blogger - Waterboy

I’m excited to tell you about my week on the PCT with my daughter and future son-in-law. That’s right, in case you didn’t know, Coreen and Nigel are engaged. Yeah! Pam and I are excited and happy for both of them.

But for now, let me get back to the wilderness. I’ll start by telling you that I really appreciated their offer to join them. Coreen and Nigel's parents must have done a few things right. I’ll remember this trip for a lifetime.

As you can imagine, we hiked, and hiked, and hiked. The days were full of many ups and downs (pun intended). My level of awe for their PCT commitment increased ten-fold. I knew it was mentally tough but didn’t appreciate the physical demand until I experienced it for myself. The first day EVERY muscle on my body you can think of ached. I teased them that the only thing on my body that didn’t ache were my ears.

But we did so much more than just hike; we talked, we swam (kinda, the mountain lakes are very cold, you could call it more like a dip – and we dipped in 5 of them), we played cards (poker and rummy), we told stories, we shared experiences, thoughts and feelings, and talked about our past and futures. What a special gift it was to spend this time with my daughter and future son-in-law. 

I hope you enjoy the pics.

Waterboy (AKA – PCT Sep 7-11 2015 Poker champion)

About to hit the trail! 

About to hit the trail! 

day 1 was all about climbs and vistas! 

day 1 was all about climbs and vistas! 

up up up! 

up up up! 

Dad & daughter  

Dad & daughter  

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First foot soak of the week! Much needed.  

First foot soak of the week! Much needed.  

High above Lake Tahoe! 

High above Lake Tahoe! 

Rockin' the bandana

Rockin' the bandana

Richardson Lake

Richardson Lake

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An epic swim at Upper Velma Lake. Photo series continues... 

An epic swim at Upper Velma Lake. Photo series continues... 

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Home for the night. It was our favorite campsite! 

Home for the night. It was our favorite campsite! 

we passed SO many beautiful lakes!! 

we passed SO many beautiful lakes!! 

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  Our 2,000 foot climb complete! Celebrating at the top of Dick's pass

 

Our 2,000 foot climb complete! Celebrating at the top of Dick's pass

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Water break

Water break

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Another dip! 

Another dip! 

Not cold at all

Not cold at all

Aloha Lake

Aloha Lake

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mini "bridge of the gods" 

mini "bridge of the gods" 

Cheers at Echo Lake! 

Cheers at Echo Lake! 

Success!!  

Success!!  

 

With love, 

jelly, flossy and waterboy