Trip 2 Day 4 Beyond the Hiking

The team members enjoy getting to know each other and sharing stories. They also play a little cards, do side hikes and sometimes a little fishing. This year Team 1 included Songbird Judi who also leads the NW Parkinson’s Tremelos song group that meets in Bellevue, WA., so she started the days with a little…

Trip 2 Day 3– Over Halfway

“Beautiful day today! Fabulous hike! The llamas sauntered across the river with no problem today. Happily camped now at tentsite 3 in the meadow.”  The weather report predicts good weather through the rest of the trip. Hiro provided a mask picture of himself with llamas and Diane captured a great socially distanced lunch break  just…

Trip 2 Day 3 —Bluebird Day

“Rain has stopped! Blue skies.” is the report from Team 2. They camped at Snow Lake and these pictures show Team 1’s visit with a brisk swim too. Maddi, Judi, Hiro- Team 1 Seth, Derek, Bill Team 1 Judi and Bill hiking past an interesting fir tree in an old growth forest. Jeff slipped and…

Trip 2 Day 2 A Little Rain

Trip 2 reports there was “a little rain, so the trail was a bit slippery.” They stayed at Sand lake last night and there were less mosquitoes. Now camping near Snow Lake, you can see the “socially distanced tents.” from Trip 1 in the first picture and Georgy got a few pictures out from Trip…

Trip 2 Day 2 Finding a Rhythm

Team 2 spent the night at Sand Lake and they are getting to know each other and finding a rhythm for the hike. Linda is also on Team 2, just turned around from her time on Team 1. Dave, Trip leader did this same trail last year in the opposite direction and the rest are…

Trip 1 Day 6—-Trip 2 Day 1

Team 1 made it to the trailhead and passed on the common supplies and llamas to Team  2. Everyone had a good time at a lunch provided by Dave, Trip 2 Leader.  Hiro set up a shared Google drive to share pictures, so we will have new photos for the next few days. You can…

Trip 1 Day 6 Hiking Out

Great, happy pictures sent from the last camp. Hikers will meet at White Pass trailhead to greet Hike #2 team and hand off the llamas and then head home before noon.  So many of you have followed the hike and we will continue to post for Hike #2 as the team reverses course and hikes…

Trip 1 Day 5 Last Camp

The team is getting lower in elevation and by Sand Lake, ( Visit Rainier description of this lake and trail) so it is a pleasant surprise to actually receive 2 pictures from the group by phone as well as the Garmin message.  “Made it to Sand Lake before lunch! Team  hiked well. Everyone healthy and…

Trip 1 Day 5 On to Snow Lake

On the last full day of Trip 1, we imagine that they are enjoying the flowers, perhaps swimming in the lakes  (like this picture from Trip 2 last year) and winding through the trails. Derek reports that there are “skeeters” , so Trip 2 & 3 should make sure they have repellent and itch stoppers…

Trip 1 Day 4 “Up to Speed”

Today’s afternoon report shows that the team is in hiking mode. “We booked today- knocking out 3.9 miles in under 2 hour. Everyone is healthy and feeling good. We had an early lunch and set up camp. Snow lake is beautiful.”  Perhaps having 3 Parkies that are early-onset (meaning they are younger)– Derek, Diane and…

Trip 1 Day 4 Heading Out

Just received from the team “Good night rest, we’re relaxing for a few while eating breakfast. We should be on the trail in an hour or so.” Nice to hear their relaxed pace to pack up and enjoy each other.  Pictures from last year- Brandon above one of the many small lakes and Derek packing…

Trip 1 Day 3 Lunch & Stop for the Day

A new message from the team  says they made it to Bumping River campsite by lunchtime today. “Set up and enjoying lunch. There will be some napping soon and not just the llamas!”  It was planned shorter day of about 3.5 miles.  Here is a short article with photos from the Pacific Crest Trail Association…