Day 21: Going for a Swim, in October… In an Alpine Lake

October 1st; 22 miles Today was a lot like yesterday, except that we probably milked the leisure time a little too much, taking plenty of long breaks. Even though we got into camp after dark, it was definitely worth it to enjoy the weather. It was so nice in fact that after a hot climb right after lunch, we all went for a swim in a lake. The water was freezing, and no one lasted much mire than a few seconds, but it was worth it, we felt clean (even if we really weren’t that much cleaner) and the sun dried us off in no time. It’s the unexpected breaks like these that can make you fall behind but they can also be the best because there’s usually a good reason for them, and what better one then for a quick dip in an alpine lake on the first day
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Day 20: A Perfect Hiking Day

September 30th; 22 miles Today was an absolutely perfect day of hiking, and it really reminded me, and I think everyone else, why we love doing this so much. We had about the same amount of miles but 2 hours more to do them as yesterday and we’d try more carefully not to get lost. I took off first in the morning, around 8, til I got to the top of the 1st big climb, another 3,000 footer covered in about 6 miles. The weather was perfect and the views continued to be amazing. It was so nice in fact that after the climb, I took about an hour long break, relaxing at the top. With so much extra time, we got to enjoy our breaks and never stress about miles. Bigfoot, Grinder, BR, Swiss, and I had lunch by a creek, and afterwards, at 3 o’clock, we only has
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Day 19: Making up Those Miles

September 29th; Approximately 22 miles It’s always hard ringer a food stat or or town. We weren’t hiking until about 10:30 when normal it’s closer to 8. But we had soke miles to make up so we had to see what we could do. There was a big 3,000 foot climb out of Snoqualmie Pass during which time we entered the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This was another area, like Goat Rocks which I completely missed in the rain, that. Had heard a lot if great things about. So I was very thankful for the perfectly blue skies we had as well as die the fact thar we hadn’t hiked out he da before, when the cloud cover would have completely obscured the views. He terrain was spectacular. Once the trail had climbed on tip if the ridge we could see other ridges topped with craggy, sometimes snow covered peaks. Also,
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Day 18: The Perfect Formula for a Vortex Zero

September 28th; Zero miles This entry will start back where I had left off in the hike before being cut off from civilization. The last thing that happened was that the sobohobos and I stumbled into The Howard Johnson in Snoqualmie, WA, which is basically just a ski resort area, after two consecutive, very rough zeros. Def: a Vortex Zero is a “zero” (when you hike zero miles for the day) that is unplanned. I.e. You get sucked in. 1) Bad weather: when we woke up in the morning, you could barely see past the parking lot in front of the hotel. Not very inviting for a day of hiking. 2) A tough, late hike the day before: we all got in either right before or after dark. We were exhausted and sore from the 60 miles in 2 days we had done. My achilles tendons were feeling really tender
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