PCT Day 22 – Whitewater River
8.9 miles, near 218.5
A great day to get back on the trail.
• Slow moving in the morning. Had breakfast at the hotel, returned the rental car, waited for everyone to organize and pack up, drank a couple beers so they didn’t go to waste, got an Uber back to the trail, started hiking around noon.
• Just thinking how I wore socks and sandals all weekend, it’s comfortable (trying to wear my hiking shoes as little as possible). You’d have to know I was a hiker from my clothes and odd fashion choices, or maybe I’m just a German tourist.
• Experienced our first “trail magic” from “papa bear”. Cold beer and soda, oranges and apples. Bummer we just got back from town… and already had a beer this morning 🤪 I opted for the ice cold coca cola
• Just a mile on the trail, heading away from the highway and into the hills, we started going up a steep section. Now it’s hot and midday, but still appreciating the landscapes and how fast they change.
• As we crested the pass, a giant mountain appeared on the other side. Funny how it’s so hard to anticipate what’s around the bend. Just 5 miles from the highway and you’re in another world.
• Still amazed every day by the terrain we get to hike. It’s especially wonderful as a photographer, as my vantage point and perspective is constantly changing, so I’m always looking for the shots and it keeps me engaged with my surroundings so much more.
• We got to camp and soaked our feet in the river. The water was much warmer than I expected. Disappointingly as I packed out 4 leftover beers and 2 wines from the weekend, and I was trying to chill them in the river. Our friend tuba got a bunch of river rocks stuck in her blisters, it was gross.
• We were cooking dinner when we noticed these quick moving creatures in the trees. We couldn’t decide if they were really small hummingbirds or hummingbird moths.
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It was a hot one today, but the views were worth it! 1. Looking over the whitewater river 2. Hiker trash cooling off under the bridge 3. Hiking past the mesa wind farm 4. Some trail magic from “Papa Bear” 5. Crested the pass and met this giant 6. Enjoying the big wide open 7. Descending towards the river 8. Discussing the magnificent view 9. Just before sunset 10. Using the river to cool off some beers we packed out More thoughts on the day in our blog, link in bio (tandempix.blog)