Stehenkin – September 24

Honey Dear received the following email on September 24th, 2016:  “We got 10 miles done Sunday, got stuck in the tent all day Monday, then the elevation climbs limited our mileage for a couple of days so we finally made it to Stehekin Saturday morning.   There is absolutely no service anywhere.  I am able to get this email out bc Bob (the guy letting us stay at his house) has a bit of satellite internet( ie slower than dial up).  Let Linda know where we are. We may be  finished on or around Wednesday the 28th if the rain would quit.  We will be leaving Bob’s and Stehekin around 7am tomorrow morning. ” Lauren.

“Stehekin /stəˈhiːkən/ is a small unincorporated community in Chelan County, Washington. It is part of Wenatchee–East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area.  This puts them on Map K page 13 ( wa_section_k_map ).

It is part of WenatcheeEast Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located at the northwest end of Lake Chelan, it lies just south of the North Cascades National Park. It is within Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, a unit administered by the National Park Service. Stehekin has about 75 permanent residents,[2] though its population swells during the summer with vacationers and seasonal workers. The name “Stehekin” comes from a Native American word meaning “the way through.”[2]

View of Stehekin and the north end of Lake Chelan.

Sights in Stehekin include the Buckner Homestead Historic District, The Golden West Visitor Center, Stehekin Pastry Company, the one-room Stehekin School, the 312′ Rainbow Falls, and Harlequin Bridge. Stehekin is visited by hikers and bikers in the summer, and snowshoers and skiers in the winter, as well as photographers year-round.[citation needed]

There is no road access to Stehekin, though roughly 22 miles of road exist there. It is reachable by passenger ferry (the Lady of the Lake), by foot over the Cascade Pass, by private boat from Chelan, or by floatplane. The vehicles in Stehekin have been barged there on Lake Chelan.

In addition to access by Lake Chelan, visitors come to Stehekin by horseback, hiking, and flying into Stehekin State Airport (Identifier 6S9). The airport is only open July, August, and September, and is noted by Washington State as being one of the state’s most challenging airports. While only 1,230 ft (370 m) msl, there are mountains on the sides and trees at each end of the 2,630 ft (800 m) runway. The airport is often a base for firefighting, at which times it is closed to public use.[citation needed] The Harlequin campground is located next to the airport. Trout and sockeye salmon are popular targets for fishing in Stehekin.

In 2003, much of the upper (northern) half of the Stehekin Valley Road was washed out by the nearby Stehekin River. Thus, access via Cascade Pass has become more difficult, adding as much as 10 miles (16 km) to the already strenuous trek.

Another town with a similarly small population and similar access is Holden Village, surrounded by the Glacier Peak Wilderness and located 12 miles (19 km) up the Railroad Creek Valley from Lucerne, a boat landing on Lake Chelan.  (Wikipedia -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stehekin,_Washington)

LauTrav has 3 more pages of the K map and all of the L Map (wa_section_l_map ) and they have reached their goal to have hiked the complete PCT over the past 5.5 months!  In fact, as this post goes live, it’s highly possible, with weather cooperation, LauTrav may have reached the end of the trail.

Until the next update,

~Linda =)

350 miles to go and more …..

LauTrav checked in today and they have 350 miles to go before reaching the boarder of Canada.  They are making incredible progress. The pictures they posted show what amazing state Washington is.

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For Lauren “Yay for Aunt Meg who rescued us from the rain at Trout Lake! We had a wonderful time at the hotel where Meg got to see the gear explosion of drying, cleaning, repairs and resupply. New clothing and shoes came in this resupply so we were finally able to throw out our duct taped shoes.  The sun has returned and for the last few days we have enjoyed beautiful views of Mount Adams, Helens and Rainier. With 350 miles left hopefully the good weather will hold out to get us to the border.”

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Here are their pictures showing the wonderful vistas they wake up to, hike through, and go to sleep to.

What a wonderful world…….Anyway, this puts them past the 2300 mile mark, which on wa_section_i_map, page 3.  The area is Bumping Lake.

“Bumping Lake Campground sits just off the forested shore of Bumping Lake in the Cascade Mountains east of Mount Rainier National Park, about 45 miles northwest of Naches, Washington. Fantastic peaks, high-country lakes and old-growth forests provide visitors with unique and surprising landscapes, making the campground an ideal setting for both individual and family camping excursions.” (http://www.recreation.gov/camping/bumping-lake-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70706 )

This also puts them close to Laughingwater Trail Head, along side of Mount Rainer.  One of the most interesting description of this area:

“Water tumbling over rocks creates a cheerful sound. Almost like a chuckle. Or a laugh. As though the water is laughing. Ah-haaaa! Tumbling water draining from a trio of lakes. It seems the namer of the features of this route started with a good creative streak and then got lazy. Laughingwater Creek is a beautiful stream tumbling through a moss-laden forest, and Three Lakes is a wonderful trio of tarns in a high alpine basin; they deserve a livelier name. This trail is a marvelous route to explore early—it’s usually snow free by late June or early July. Visit while the waters are still running strong to hear the biggest chuckles.” ( http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/laughingwater-creek)

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Foggy Laughingwater Creek Trail. Photo by Kim Brown

Later last night,  I got a chance to text with LauTrav.  She has picts from the 2300 mile marker she is trying to upload.  They got super lucky Friday night as they were hiking towards White Pass. About 6 miles out and around 6pm they bumped into a day hiker named Denis who offered us to stay the night at the Olympic ski lodge. So wonderful,  they got showers, beds and he made us breakfast in the morning.

More on this area in the next post. 

 Until the next update,

~Linda =)

Sept 6 – Trout Lake

LauTrav posted this up on September 6 on FB so the pictures are not new if you’ve been there.  They have crossed 2200 miles (wa_section_h_map, page 8 ) at this point:

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“It has been a very wet few days. We have been dealing with rain, cold Temps and lots of gear failures (thus the garbage bag skirt and duct taped shoes). So glad to get to Trout Lake and meet up with Aunt Meg who has whisked us off to a dry hotel for the night. Perhaps we may even see the sun tomorrow. Oh the joys of the coastal northwest….

Huge shout out for Aunt Meg for getting them and helping them get dry!

One of their pictures shows Mount Adams:

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A tidbit about Mount Adams:

Standing at 12,281 feet (3,743 m), Adams towers about 9,800 feet (3,000 m) over the surrounding countryside. It is the second highest mountain in Washington and third in the Cascade Range. And because of the way it was built, it is the largest volcano in Washington and second in the Cascades, behind only Mount Shasta.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Adams_(Washington) )

We think Lauren looks like the “It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater” (by Sheb Wooley)!

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We especially liked both of these pictures showing LauTrav respectively as they are hiking through a meadow:

 

Where they got off puts them on wa_section_h_map page 11 is Mile 2226.4!  “Trout Lake is a census-designated place (CDP) in Klickitat County, Washington, United States. The population was 557 at the 2010 census. The town is notable for its organic dairy and herb farms, and as an access point to Mount Adams and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trout_Lake,_Washington )

 

Until the next time,

~Linda  =)

 

 

What’s in Washington?

Yesterday I got a text sharing that LauTrav were at Mile 2170 which is in the State of Washington.  I’ve loaded up the maps for this at the end of the post.  Washington has 5 maps which is less than Oregon.

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Mile 2170 puts them on Section H Page 3 (top of) headed into Page 4 (bottom of).  They are around the Soda Springs Campground (probably past now). wa_section_h_map

Here’s some information about this area:

Overview

Soda Springs Campground is set on the forested banks of the Bumping River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The area offers a delightful setting for visitors seeking recreation and relaxation.

Natural Features:

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to more than 9,000 feet.

Precipitation varies greatly throughout the area, ranging from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to only 10 inches along the eastern edge. Visitors to the area can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer, and winters with clear skies and plenty of snow.

The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support an abundance of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, native fish and migratory birds. Endangered and threatened species, including the Northern Bald Eagle, the Northern Spotted Owl, gray wolves and grizzly bears, also find havens in nearby ecosystems.” (http://www.recreation.gov/camping/soda-springs-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74025 )

I pulled some pictures from the DropBox to share of their hike through Oregon.  I had two clues of where these pictures are taken:  Three Sisters Wilderness (Deschutes National Forest) and Diamond Peak Wilderness (Willamette National Forest).

A little bit about the Three Sisters:

“Major peaks are: the North, Middle, and South Sisters (all above 10,000′), along with Broken Top, the best example in the Pacific Northwest of the effect of glaciation. Collier Glacier is the largest glacier in Oregon. Other geologic features include Rock Mesa, Collier Cone, and Yapoah Crater. Alpine meadows, waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers, and glacial lakes are abundant. Fish populations include brook and rainbow trout.

Three Sisters Wilderness area covers 286,708 total acres. There are approximately 260 miles of trail within the wilderness. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the wilderness for 40 miles. Most trails entering the wilderness begin in dense forests of Douglas-fir on the western slopes of the Cascades and ponderosa pine on the eastern slopes.

Forest in this Wilderness consists mainly of Douglas-fir, silver fir, sub-alpine fir, mountain hemlock, western hemlock, true fir, lodgepole pine, and ponderosa pine. Alpine meadows are abundant. ” (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=79444)

A little about the Diamond Peak area:

“Diamond Peak Wilderness straddles the Cascade Mountains. Diamond Peak was formed as the entire land mass of the Cascades was undergoing volcanic activity and uplift. Great glaciers carved the large volcanic peak and when they receded, the bulk of the mountain remained, with snowfields near the summit and dozens of small lakes surrounding the peak.

Lakes are one to 28 acres in size.Diamond Peak Wilderness area covers 52,611 total acres. Approximately 14 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail pass through this wilderness. Another 38 miles of trail, including the 10-mile Diamond Peak Trail, stretches the length of the west side of the peak.

Nearly the entire area is covered with mixed stands of mountain hemlock, lodgepole and western white pine, and silver, noble and other true firs.” ( http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4483)

Here are some of their pictures from this trek:

While mostly I post up the amazing scenery there is a picture here showing a blister/crack on Lauren’s foot.  There are definitely some challenges.

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Despite all the challenges they have faced, they have continued which is most impressive.

Maps:

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Until the next update,

~Linda =)

 

Rocket Market and hello Washington!

Somewhere in the midst of this trek, I made a comment that it takes a village of players to make this work for the hikers.  Another player deserving of recognition is the Rocket Market in Spokane Washington and it’s owners, Alan and Shanda Shepard.  Shanda has become of friend of Lauren.

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Shanda has been instrumental in helping LauTrav get their trail food, ensuring it to be the highest quality, organic and/or all natural ingredients.  LauTrav think of Shanda and Alan every day as they are pulling out their food – the amazing collection of all natural food.  It would have been so easy (and less expensive) to just pack “crap” food like pop tarts, chips, or whatever.  They have seen many a hiker on the trail doing this.

You can observe from the pictures of LauTrav from the start of the trail to now, the significant shift in how they look and loss of fat/weight.  Currently, they have lost 22 lbs.  They have lost a lot of fat and they believe this has to do with the quality of food they have had on the trail.  Lauren has posted things up before about her Facebook page about the health effects of sugar on our systems up to and including cancer.

LauTravis say with confidence, this is the healthiest they have felt or been in their entire adults lives.   They complete believe that this is a result of their dietary choices and the willingness of Shanda and Alan to step up to the plate and facilitate this happening. They send a heartfelt thanks and state they owe them so much for ensuring they got the necessary calories and fuel, that tasted great as well, during their trek on the PCT.

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A little bit about the Rocket Market in Spokane:

“the market.

A Small Market of Epic Proportions™. Our mission is local. We are dedicated to creating a neighborhood gathering place for food, wine, and art. Our store is the road through which passionate, regional farmers can reach their community. While food is what we do, customers are the life blood of our store. Rocket Market reflects our passion for local food, art and the community we serve.

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The Rocket Market opened in 1999. Alan and Shanda Shepherd, both key figures in the natural and specialty food movement in Spokane, partnered with Jeff and Julia Postlewait, known as the originators of espresso and rustic pastries in Spokane and owners of the Rocket Bakery. Their goal was to create a new kind of neighborhood market with a focused approach to grocery, emphasizing local farmers and producers, as a counter to the industrial big box stores. The Rocket Market is now a community hub for local food, wine, and art. “ (http://rocketmarket.com/ )

So if you are in Spokane, whether driving through or living there, be sure to stop into the Rocket Market.  Say “hi” to Alan and Shanda and “thank you” for all the support they’ve provided LauTrav.  Pick up some great food, listen to some music and enjoy what appears to be a “must see and be” in Spokane!
On an update on LauTrav – they are in the State of Washington!!  Whoot, Whoot!!  This is the last section  of their monumentous trek and I can’t even image the elation they feel as they move into their home state and the last 3-4 weeks of their time on the trail!!
Until the next update!

~Linda =)

 

 

 

Mount Hood, OR

I got an email yesterday from LauTrav  letting me know that they were at Mount Hood at Timberline Lodge which is by Portland, OR!  They are almost to Washington.  This puts them on Oregon Map G, Page 1 (or_section_g_map).  They maybe departing today.

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As it’s the first of the month, I don’t have a lot of time to write a long blog post about where they are (I’m doing my website updates for my business – http://www.lindacreates.com/). However, I will come back to it as Mt Hood and the Portland area is amazing!!

 

The most important part of this blog post besides they are alive and kicking butt on the trail, is that they were interviewed and written up on this blog: http://www.outtheremonthly.com/.   A portion of their piece:

“Lauren DeLand and Travis Nichols, both age 34

Trail: Currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, started on April 23; projected to finish on Sept. 22, 2016. Follow their progress at fivemonthstonowhere.com. For this story, they were interviewed by email and phone while in Mammoth Lakes, California.

“We’re not backpackers,” admits Deland. “Hiking was always the way to go do something else.” Their primary pursuits include backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and trail running. But hiking the PCT was percolating as an idea for a few years – “a trip that would challenge us, make us grow,” DeLand says. DeLand and Nichols celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on the PCT on June 20. For a couple that first met in a Wilderness First Aid course at Eastern Washington University, hiking 2,633.5 miles together is just another outdoor adventure. “It’s all about the journey,” says Nichols. After Nichols was granted leave from his job with the Spokane Regional Health District, he and DeLand began an intense five-week period of preparation. (Nichols also works as a buyer for Mountain Gear and DeLand is a massage therapist.) ” (http://www.outtheremonthly.com/four-local-long-distance-hikers-and-their-unique-experiences-on-national-scenic-trails/)

Please click the link to read the full write up on LauTrav and the other three hikers.

More to come later after I get my site and blog done!  Until next time,

~Linda =)