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We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

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Archive: PCT 2004 Daily Journals

Sept 24th

Up early and it was cold as we got ready in the shady side of the pass. The morning light was brilliant on the peaks. A clear but cool day spoke of Indian summer, a glorious time in the Cascades. We finally had the scenery we have been expecting. Tall, jagged peaks of granite with snow pack and glaciers. Rugged and remote mountains.

Mostly a traverse to the next 2 passes and then we dropped into the Methow River valley. Work crew. Another owl. Fall colors. Climbed up the bushy creek side basin to Glacier pass. Camp. 16.3 miles Fire. Dad …

Sept 23rd

Another night where the clouds cleared off to reveal a star filled sky at midnight, only to wake at 5am to the steady drip of a light rain on the tent. A cold dreary morning. We slept in until around 8am and were hiking by 9am. Dad hit the trail by about 8:40. The sky looked like it might clear but became completely overcast again a short while later.

The steady climb up Bridge Creek to Rainy pass continued with occasional glimpses of nearby peaks. On the ground, the trail splits for about 4 miles, with an older branch following one side of the creek and a …

Sept 22nd

day one with dad
autumnal equinox
5 month anniversary of being on the trail
deer in campsite, doe and fawn
lodge buffet with tour group
goodbye to john
2 bears on drive up valley road
stop at bakery
kokanee spawning
note for halftrack and crazy john

fall colors, yellow, gold, orange and reds

adjusting hiking styles to accommodate the slower pace of a non thru hiker
sprinkles to drizzle, light rain most of the mid to late afternoon, cloudy skies
bald eagle
climb up bridge creek
china, an, red bull and sidewinder passed us
camp at south fork
hopeful for clearing

Phil “Nowhere Man” Hough

Sept 21st

Warm night, the tent dried, woke early to first light about 6:15 and since it wasn’t cold was tempted to get up but breakfast doesn’t start until 7:30 so we waited some. It was the first night without rain since leaving white Pass.

A day off in Stehekin
Breakfast Buffet with Dan
Steady on the trail and Spirit on the ferry left as did Nosgul, Wise Owl and Gange and Sasquatch
One Gallon and Fritz left later in the day
Dad and John arrived early, the ferry schedule changed ferries and they were upgraded to the faster ferry to allow for a group
Shower for the Carrot, laundry and phone calls
Sort through food and …

Sept 20th

Awoke just before 7am as the others were getting ready to leave, rolled back as it was just too cold to get up. One of the coldest mornings that we have had since the high Sierras. Finally up an on trail shortly after 8:30am under generally clear skies.

A walk through the forest, sometimes old growth cedar/hemlock sometimes secondary growth. Clouds started rolling in by mid mornin as it looked like we might return to more rainy weather. But they started to part around noon with occasional sun breaks. Nosgul, the last out of camp, passed us late morning. Occasionally a few dramatic peaks could …

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