I’m trying desperately to think of something amusing or witty to say about the upcoming weather front, but I’m not in “funny” about it. I’m bummed. I had a horrifically humbling near hypothermic moment about a week ago trying to hike through persistent rain in less than excellent rain gear and am not at all looking forward to 4 days of it with added freezing temperatures and 45 mph wind gusts. It’s simply going to suck. I’m newly equipped with adequate gear thanks to a very loving friend and a quick trip to Seattle, but there is no such thing as keeping “dry” in any kind of gear when your doing steep 3000 foot climbs every day, making “warm” an impossible notion. It is raining outside and also from within you. The only way to keep survivably warm is to KEEP MOVING, a circumstance the rest of my body is reasonably opposed to. And so things are challenging in the moment. As Grace would have it, Skykomish is a very amiable little town, however, and I am happy to be in it. I’ve had lunch purchased for me and a tour of the town’s historical sites offered to me. The locals are wonderful and keeping me well entertained and cared for while I lament my somewhat depressing situation. Once I reach a healthy perspective about it, which will happen, I will know that things are not bad, that they are still miraculous, and that having the journey of my life extended by a few days is probably an enormous gift. But for now I’m surly and whiney.
180ish miles to go .. LEMME AT EM’ !!!!