Day 167 – 9/24/15
Miles – 9.9
Total Miles – 2666.0 (PCT 2587.1)
We got up at the 6:00 and had blackberry kuchen for breakfast. What a breakfast it was! We took our time this morning getting out of camp because we only had nine miles to reach Rainy Pass. The warm sleeping bags made us want to linger in the tent. However, thinking about today was the day we get to see Bling, got us moving. At Rainy Pass there would be a car waiting for us at a parking lot not far off the trail. Mama Ravens brother (Lew) dropped it off for us to make it easier to get down to Winthrop. The hiking up toward Rainy Pass was not hard. We moved quickly and we made it to our car shortly after lunch. We put our packs in the back and headed down the mountain. Thirty minutes later we got a room at one of the hotels in town. Getting a room in town instead of staying at Uncle Lew’s house gave us a chance to get ready for the last section and regroup as a family. After dropping our gear off in the hotel room, we went to see Bling. We had not seen him for three weeks and the excitement of seeing him was getting stronger and stronger the closer we got to Lew’s house. It was a tearful reunion for all of us. He was lying on the sofa, covered with his sleeping bag, reading a book. He uncovered his hurt leg and there was a cast from his toes all the way up the top of his thigh. The definitive assessment is a stress fracture in his femur. Bling will not be going to the Canadian border with us. He is upset that he will not make it to the end of the PCT this year. We told Bling that it is not such a bad thing because our family adventure gets to continue on next Summer! We get to come back to the natural wonder of Washington. We talked with Uncle Lew for a while and then took Bling with us to the hotel. We spent most of the day sorting food and a little repacking and lots of talking. Our hotel room has a balcony which is the perfect spot to dry and air out the tent and sleeping bags. In the evening we went back to Uncle Lew’s for dinner and to try and figure out how we will be getting back from Manning Park, British Columbia (our ending destination point of the PCT) to Winthrop Washington, which is where Bling is. We were all too tired to come up with any conclusions. We will try again tomorrow.