Day 141 – 8/30/15
Twin Buttes Road
Miles – 13.7
Total Miles – 2280.3 (PCT 2212.3)
Another low mileage day. . . but we have a good reason, RAIN! Sometime soon after going to bed last night it started to rain. Not the little sprinkles here and there, but a hard rain that lasted all night. To add to the water falling on us, we had camped under a tree that kept dropping large drops of water long after the rain had stopped making it difficult to determine if it was still raining or not. Whenever the wind would blow, the trees above us would pummel us with lots of large drops that seemed to last forever. It kept waking us up all night long. In the morning, it was still raining. We ate breakfast and went back to sleep. Sometime around 8:00 it started to let up. We kept lying there listening to the water falling on the outside of the tents. After a while, the rain stopped but the tree kept dropping water on us. Finally Bling and Little Crow got bored enough that they wanted to start hiking so we slowly and carefully packed up. We finally hit the trail at 11:20, our latest start ever. There is very little to say about the area we hiked through. Most of the day we were in a cloud and fog shrouded everything so there were no views. The only thing visible was the trail side vegetation. Both sides of the trail had huckleberry bushes and bear grass that were saturated with water. When we past by them our legs would become wet. Our rain skirts helped a lot. As we hiked, the rain came in spurts until later in the afternoon when it rained long and hard. The trail became a fast flowing river that you could not avoid sloshing through it. Having dry feet was impossible. We had to dodge streams pools in the trail. The rain stopped about 5:00 and we were beyond soggy!! We hiked until we could find a flat clear place to camp. With so much huckleberry bushes growing, finding a clear place to pitch the tents has been difficult. There was a large clearing where cars turn around and we pitched camp there. It is in the open with no trees dripping on us. The clouds are showing signs of breaking up. We hope this continues through out the night and that tomorrow is sunny. We really need to dry just about everything we have out. The past one hundred miles have been emotionally, the most difficult of our entire PCT hike. There is only 460 miles to the Canadian border and we are physically tired. Bling is hurt. There are trail closures due to fire. We are way behind schedule. All our hiking friends are gone with very slim chance to see any of them. Mama Raven’s feet still hurt, more now than ever. Our gear is miserably water logged. And the hardest and saddest reality of all for us to face. . our families amazing adventure is almost over with.