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.

This is Why We Hike

September 10, 2017
Mile 2214 (FS-23) to Mile 2241.8 (in the shadow of Mt. Adams)
Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike: Day 128

Beautiful green burn area. Feeling intensely like I want to quit after a road walk and burnt-up trail. Then Sam leaves a note on trail, at a panoramic viewpoint of Mt. Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens that reads:

This is why we hike.

I took my sweet time standing there. Looking around and around and around with a big cheesy smile on my face. I couldn’t wait to see my friends. I came around the corner and they were all there, lounging by a beautiful stream with snacks and smiles. We decided to camp soon instead of pushing it.

Dad had to send the next package express mail to White’s Pass. We are making a road walk plan to get around this fire closure. Also talking about Leavenworth, a town that’s BAVARIA THEMED! And it might be Oktoberfest when we get there!

Alex and Mount Adams on the road walk back to trail

Alex and Mount Adams on the road walk back to trail

What an odd sign

What an odd sign

“This is why we hike”

“This is why we hike”

In the Shadow of Goat Rocks

Fantastic Food and Impending Doom