9/23 Ramble On

by sedona maniak

Miles hiked: 17.61 (2379.39 to 2397.00)
Elevation: +3987/-4846
Number of mushroom pickers out in the rain: 6

This is a good time to point out that Washington is littered with fungus. There is mold growing on mushrooms which, in turn, are sometimes even growing from lichens. Thick and deep smells of toadstools mingled with blueberry bushes will always stick in my mind as a memory of the trail here. All day, I marveled, through my perpetually steamed-up glasses with fisheye water droplets all over them, at the variety of forms and colors on the fungi. And I really wished for a field guide. We decided to give ourselves a shorter day today to make it to Snoqualmie Pass in time for breakfast tomorrow. Breakfast is my great motivator. I'd hike Pinchot Pass again for a decent chicken fried steak with eggs and hash browns. The hike was an uneventful series of steep climbs and steeper descents in the rain on slippery mud and rocks. But pretty. It smelled nice. Now everything is drenched, and I really hope there's some damned breakfast 4 miles down this muddy mountain.