Central Cascades, Stevens Pass, WA
We had plans to do an entirely different backpacking trip in an entirely different area. However, our maps had other plans for us. We rolled with the punches and are so glad we did! This place was never on our radar and apparently not on anyone else’s because we had Big Greider to ourselves!
I did an 80% fall on the way down and I’m shocked that was it and that I was able to catch myself. Adding the overnight weight was just asking for me to take one wrong step and have my pack do the rest/take me down the mountain.
Amount of times on the way up that I was humbled back to reality (aka had to stop and realize I wasn’t in as good of backpacking shape as I’d like to think) — FOUR times, including one that included a feeble prayer up to the Big Guy to make the lakes just around the switchback.
It took an embarrassingly long time to get our fire started… I won’t disclose that info but thank goodness we were the only ones camping that night. The supply of dry wood was completely used up by our group and surprisingly all found out on the water in the driftwood piles.
Articles of clothing burnt because I was tending too closely to the fire - 2 tragic holes. But as my Aunt so lovingly said they are reminders of the hike… unless Patagonia’s Worn Wear trailer comes by soon and then I finally have something for them to patch!!!
5 stars (okay maybe 4) for the camping food we brought. The combo of amazing Greek sausage (courtesy of Tabby’s family) and freeze-dried entrees was filling and shockingly delish. The breakfast scrambles/hash were the best freeze-dried foodz.
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