Day 137-August 28th
Destination: Cascade Locks (via Chinook Pass)
Cumulative Miles: 2008.5
It was nice to have a zero day that wasn't cluttered with necessary chores, a day about relaxing and socializing. At the last minute, we were able to figure out a way to get back to Cascade Locks, but were sorely disappointed to know that none of our old hiking mates were going to make it.
As the day unfolded, more and more thru-hikers showed up. Before we knew it, we had re-connected with Golden Child, SlimJim, Train, Uncle Tom, Axilla, Richard Wizard, and Duff, as well as several other hikers we have known, but not really hiked that much with.
The event was fun. It is a fund-raiser for the PCT Assoc. Started about five years ago as more or less a gathering of ten people BBQing and hiking, it has grown into an event of 300-400 people with several gear vendors. This year they roughly tripled the amount of money raised for the PCTA, in comparison to last year.
We bought some raffle tickets, but sadly did not win anything. PseudoGnome, our traveling trail angel super hero, did won some Backcountry Pantry meals. The evening was spent watching a movie put together by a past thru-hiker called "Wizards of The PCT", very funny. It is available online for purchase, so go get it.
Tomorrow PseudoGnome will take us back to the trail. Only about 330 miles left of Washington, then we head back down to crank out the last 300 of the Sierras we missed. The end is close enough to see.
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