The fall begins with a a weird feeling of great success filled with failure. We decided to forgo the southern portion of the Oregon Coast Trail in favor of more time with friends and a road trip cross country home. It’s been a great summer of backpacking and vagabonding, making it over 1500 miles on foot.
We tried to rent a small SUV, but ended up getting a brand new Ram 1500 with a HEMI V8 for the same price. Not the most efficient, but it was preferred by all of us. After not having a home for months, the shelter and transportation range the truck provided was a huge luxury.
Headed North, first views of Mount Rainier.
Sunset pictures from Birch Bay State Park in the Northwestern corner of Washington.
This is the view from our friends driveway – they recently moved to Ferndale, WA and it is paradise out there. We stayed with them for several days, enjoying cooking and lounging around the farm and property. Sara and I are hoping to come back to this area in the near future… it’s a beautiful place to live.
More bread making, more cheese.
Sara getting distracted by a friendly gym puppy at Bloc Yard Boulders in Spokane, WA.
Smoky afternoon in Whitefish, MT. We headed to Glacier National Park the next morning, despite the wildfires there. It’s crazy how many miles we’ve traveled around, through, and to wildfires this summer.
Driving the Going to the Sun Road through Glacier…
Smoke over the east side of the park, as seen from Logan Pass.
Like the PCT, only with hand rails for the feint of heart.
The East side of Glacier NP was super smoky, enough to burn the lungs after awhile. Sadly, the day after we were there, Sperry Chalet burned down. It was one of two historic chalets in the park built in the early 1900s.
Back home in Michigan, more big bodies of water but no salt, sharks, or jellyfish.
Delicious pasties and Michigan beer.
Brief stop at Ian’s hunting cabin.
And so it goes. Back home (once we find a place to actually sleep, hah!), at least for now… already starting planning for our return trip to finish the remaining Pacific Crest Trail miles!