After escaping the mild ordeal in Goat Rocks Wilderness, I was ready to hit some easier patches of trail. Indeed it came true, as I was able to do my first 20 mile day hiking out of white pass. That night, I camped at the border of Mt. Rainier National Park. In the morning, I saw a spectacular view of the glaciated peak in all of its glory. Kinda enough to make you cry. Such beauty at our fingertips.
As for snow, it improved slightly with only one confusing snow field (fog blanketed the trail) at chinook pass. As for weather, well….it’s Washington. Wet socks were a constant. I lost my extra pair of darn tough socks before the interstate so I got a ride from a gentleman at the hotel to a specialty shop close to Seattle that had the socks I wanted. Now, I always carry 3 pairs of socks.
I took a zero day at the motel to let my feet heal up. The skin was raw from hiking 20 miles the day before.
Two sections down, three to go!