Well, it started raining. But hopefully I only have ten days left of hiking, then I can go back indoors! For the most part, the first half of Washington was dry and unseasonably warm, but that has all changed. Now its cold. And did I mention the rain? There's alot of it. And it sucks. Not only am I miserable while hiking, but carrying a soaking wet pack is heavy, and its hard to keep essential gear dry. But the way I see it, I will be incredibly miserable and cranky for 10 days, but I won't die.
The majority of people that I hiked alot of the trail with are a day or two ahead, and while I tried to catch up, its too difficult in the rocky terrain of Washington. Looks like I will be finishing this trail off alone. Hopefully there will be atleast one other person nearby for some photos, but no big deal.
On to the next task of thinking about what to do after. Not really sure where I will land when I finish the trail. There's a really good chance that I will be spending a few extra nights in my tent as I try and sort out a job/place to live/direction. Needless to say, I am not really looking forward to the next few weeks. The end of the trail will be very anti-climatic. I could just as easily walk away now, 5 miles from the end, or once in Canada. Oh well.
Well, I'm headed back out to the trail now, its dumping rain, I will be soaked in about 2 minutes, and will remain wet for the next two days. If you think that sounds awful, it will be. But the next time you hear from me, it'll be over. Atleast that's a good feeling.