May 21, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
. After 2 miles some one pulled over! Finally!!! We had hiked 10 miles already with our packs and were tired. The guy that pulled over was about 25. He was from Seattle and got off work early to drive up and do a hike. We talked for the 3 minute drive and thanked him multiple times. Note to self: it's okay to pick up hitch hikers in national parks with packs/equipment. They are not hobos. Thank you mystery man! Once we got back to the car we drove over to the visitors center to sniff around in the gift shop and tell the rangers that we made it back safely. The park rangers were excited to hear about our trip and the recent conditions of the mountain. One lady ranger had been impressed that we had called her ma'am and was bragging about it. I guess we made an impression on her, and thats good because she was cute. When we left the visitors center we drove to Seattle and checked into a cheap hotel. We went to a McDonalds to eat and drive around downtown. It was empty. After we drove around a little bit, we went back to the hotel and went to sleep.
This morning we woke up, ate breakfast, and packed up camp. We were on the trail by 10:00 am. We hiked 5 miles before we ate lunch. We would have ate earlier, but we were making awesome time. We hiked on average 2 to 3 miles per hour with our packs. For lunch we sat under some trees because it was misting. I had 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a cliff bar, a bag of chips, a cereal bar, and a Gatorade. I was super hungry. After lunch, we hiked back to the interstate 3 miles. When we were getting out backcountry permit a couple of days ago, the park rangers said that we could hitchhike back to our car or walk a trail. They were both 4 miles long and the park rangers suggested that we hitchhike. Apparently everyone does it and it's easy. So our plan for getting back to the car was to hike on the road until someone picked us up. It was raining and it was 3 guys, not the most inviting. For the first 2 miles no one even slowed down. We must have looked like hobos from being in the back country with no showers, shaving, and cleanliness