GAILA: As you all know, Dick made it to Canada on September 6. He then hiked another 8 miles to civilization at Manning Park. I met a cat lover in the park that would take care of BOO for 4 days and left the morning of the 7th to drive 6 hours to meet him. We stayed the night at the lodge there. Thank goodness there was a hiker facility where he could do laundry and shower before I arrived. We put his backpack in a large garbage bag so I wouldn't have to smell it on the trip back to Chimicum. Each time we went to eat at the restaurant in the lodge, someone would say, "Hey, there's Umbrella Man." From there we stopped in Chilliwack, B.C. and stayed two nights with good friends, where they began the fattening up process. He lost around 30 pounds overall and now has a long way to go to get back to his normal weight.
|A bit thin, boney and hairy!|
|A resemblance except Sasquatch looks healthier!|
|His Alta Lone Peak 3.5s got him through 1200 miles!|
|Our wonderful Canada friends sent along a special treat for our reunion.|
The international flavor never ends. I am now in a new bubble for 80 miles to the border with a guy named Shakespeare who looks exactly like Sean Connery. He is from England but lives in Amsterdam. Then there is Metric Ton who, you guessed it, carries a huge pack full of shit. He is French Canadian. There is also Jungle who is Brazilian, Jacob, a 17 year old who is a great kid, and a German that I can't understand enough to know his trail name.
|My bubble - L to R: Shredder, Crush, Numbers, JP and Hobbs|
|Another bubble friend - Karma|
I called him Frisbee because he carried one the whole way.
|The only way to reach Stehekin is by trail or ferry up Lake Chelan.|
The lake is 50 miles long and takes 4 hours from Chelan to Stehekin.
|Thankful for this place. I walked 2 miles each way twice a day from my campsite.|
Food is a big motivater. There is a shuttle but it never ran when I was hungry!!
|Inside the Stehekin Pastry Company|
|Shakespeare and Metric Ton|
|Trail Magic at Hart Pass|
|Met up with hikers section hiking with their 3 dogs.|
The dogs took advantage of a break. A breed new to me - Dogo Argentino.
|Glacier carved valley|
|Last climb on the PCT - about 30 miles from the border|
|Eating while I waited for Gaila to arrive in Manning Park.|