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Hi Hi Hikers!

Welcome! I’m Cedar, a thru-hiker and a trail chef during the on-season, and a writer, storyteller, and facilitator in the off-season.

I’m a human being, practicing getting there by human doing. Attempting 10 thru-hikes by the time I’m 40, and offering a candid look into what it’s like to live on trail.

In the Shadow of Goat Rocks

September 11, 2017
Mile 2241.8 to Mile 2269.9 (Goat Rocks)
Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike: Day 129

Camped in, and therefore woke up in the shadow of Mt. Adams. It is hellishly cold, but the views are astounding. Still woke up in the middle of the night. It’s the first time in a loooooong time we’ve camped with other people—Vice, Boathouse, and Sam. 

I’m super excited for Leavenworth Bavaria town, and am going to give my parents more time than usual to send a resupply there.

I think Sam decided to do the road walk with us. He talked to some section hikers and their response was “You walked here from MEXICO?! You’re not gonna hitch!”

I would be so happy if he came with us.

Two thru hikers passed me today and they are the first pair I have actually been able to smell. Alex lost one of his sandals—NOOOOOOO!!!!! I even walked a whole mile backwards on the trail to try and find it but it’s the color of rocks and could’ve fallen off anywhere!

I finished ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel and it made me think of Alex’s dad and how I want to be able to show him how much I love and care about Al. It made me think how great it would be to get married or have a kid and have him be able to be there and then I think about how is that a really terrible reason to do it? Yes, but it would be great for it to happen naturally and coincide. I also told Alex that his dad has a lot to be proud of in him, and Alex said he thinks he’s coming to the realization that you don’t need achievements to feel proud. I’m so proud of Al for even having that thought!

We had a big day today; finished 28.1 miles with an awesome campsite. They were hard miles, too. We are camping next to the winding Cispus River, just after Cispus Pass, beneath the Goat Rocks, with a view of Mount St. Helens in the distance. Fucking Washington. Nobody told us about you.

Sam, Vice, and Boathouse waking up under Mount Adams

Sam, Vice, and Boathouse waking up under Mount Adams

Cispus Pass

Cispus Pass

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