More excitement awaited me after crossing the Knife’s Edge in Goat Rocks Wilderness. I had a detour to face and decisions to make to get me to the trailhead and the end of my 500-mile adventure.
I decided to take it easy a couple days before reaching the Canadian border. I spent the day leap-frogging with my trail friends as we hiked a bit less than 10 miles, explored a lake, and enjoyed “cocktail hour” in a beautiful alpine meadow.
A challenging day on trail for me and my fellow thru-hikers. We had to contend with heavy smoke, hot temperatures and waterless sections of trail. But thru-hikers are resilient and you never know what joy might greet you at the end of the day.