From Hart's Pass north to Canada and back south to Rainy Pass
Journal entry 1 was written by young Silas (age 10) who joined his cousins for the first leg of their 2650 mile trek through The Okanogen-Wenatchee National Forest and The Pasayten Wilderness.
One of the most curious parts of the trip for me was the vast scope of weather we encountered within the first two days. We confronted conditions ranging from foggy to extremely wet, to snowy-rainy (or sleet) and finally some pea-sized hail. Consequently, our views of the scenery suffered. At different stopping points, we would comment, "I wonder what it looks like out there. I bet it's pretty!" Luckily on our return trip the weather cleared, and we gladly welcomed the scenery we missed that was now bright, sunny and majestic. Now our hiking was twice as easy! Every few yards, I had to stop for a picture (I took over four hundred!) The trees and mountains were a mix of what you would see in Colorado and North Carolina. The path was lush like the Florida trail in some places and in others, dry and stony like Arizona. Snow was everywhere! In some places the trail metamorphosed into a creek from all the snow melt. Our ascent was gradual to me. Overall, my portion of the hike was an enchanting experience with the Cascades and with also my family. I am so grateful I hiked those 91 miles and would hike it again any day.