People who know me well know that I have been obsessing a bit the past few years about the Pacific Crest Trail. It wasn’t even the book or movie “Wild” that was the catalyst for this slight obsession. Back in 2013 I had joined WordPress, and was following the tag ‘hiking’, since it’s an obvious interest of mine. I came across the awesome blog of thru hiker Carrot Quinn, who was around 2 months in to her 5 month hike. What was this magical trail? You can hike from Mexico to Canada on a path? People can do it in 5 months? I back read her blog from day one, then followed every day as she wound her way up through California, into Oregon then up into Washington.
You can imagine my shock when the trail she followed passed through Snoqualmie. Hang on a minute…. I have been to Snoqualmie!! Back in 2006 I was living in the USA, bumming around from place to place, exploring and catching up with friends. I went to Seattle and stayed with my friend Sara. I loved Seattle, what a beautiful city! Anyway Sara took me for a drive out of the city to Snoqualmie, so that I could see some real snow (we don’t get it in Perth! )
I was shocked at how much snow there was. It was early April, I thought once winter is over that’s it, the snow just disappears or something. Boy was I mistaken. We had so much fun sliding around, walking and “losing” our feet in the snow. I just couldn’t believe how much snow could be in a place!
Fast forward to today and every time I read a blog about the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) I picture that moment back in 2006. When hikers talk about ‘post holing’ through the snow in the Sierras, I can picture it. Hell, I did it! So that’s what it’s called! When Carrot and her fellow hikers talk about the wet soggy Washington weather I totally understand it, I have been there and experienced it! I am so glad that I went to Snoqualmie. It was a beautiful day with a friend back then, and now all these years later, it provides another dimension to my current obsession. If I had known about the PCT back then, I’m sure I would of conned Sara into walking a section in the snow even if it was dangerous. Lol.
I look forward to the day I get back to Snoqualmie. Hopefully I will have walked some months to get there. The PCT is a dream, and I hope it will happen!