It’s kind of hard to believe that we finished our PCT hike a month ago. I miss it. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done and I was ready for it to be over. But now that I’ve been home for a while, I want to go back. It was the best adventure I’ve ever been on.
A couple of weeks after we finished our PCT hike, we were supposed to do a weekend hike in the Goat Rocks wilderness in Washington. Just as we were leaving the house, I did something to my foot. It’s the foot that gave me the most trouble on the hike, and that I’ve been having pain in since April. This felt like something tore in my heel, and it was very painful. I knew that I wasn’t going to make the Goat Rocks hike. I was so disappointed. I had been looking forward to this hike for months. We headed out anyway, filling a small cooler with ice so I could ice my foot. We had the very small hope that it might feel better the next day. If not, we would just car camp for the weekend. Well, it did have some improvement the next day, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to carry a pack up some pretty steep terrain for 30+ miles. We were meeting friends at the Walupt Lake campground to set up our cars for shuttling. We drove our friends to the trail head and said our goodbyes. It was really hard to do that, because I still really wanted to go. We decided to head towards Mt. Rainier and just make the best of it. We drove around, admiring the sights, until we decided to camp at the Ohanapacosh campground. We’ve camped here many times with our sons, but it’s been about 20 years since we had been there. After spending 3 weeks on the PCT, camping in a campground with lots of other people was a bit of an adjustment. We relaxed and read and just enjoyed being there. After a full day of being off my foot, I felt like I could take a short, easy hike. There’s a trail that goes to some falls, right near the campground. We had taken the boys there so many years ago, and it was fun to relive those memories. That 2 mile hike was just about as far as I could go, so I was really glad I listened to my body and stayed back (not hiking Goat Rocks). We ended up having a great weekend, even though it wasn’t what we had expected to be doing.
I’ve been trying to get my foot to recover, treating it as plantar faciitis. I had my Dr. visit yesterday, and that’s what she thinks I’m dealing with. I had x-rays done and the tech and I could clearly see a good sized heel spur. I’ve got an appt. with a podiatrist in a couple of months.
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to do some hiking. I was really missing being in the forest and hiking. So, we decided to go on an easy hike at Siouxon Creek, in Washington. We had never been there before, so that’s always fun. The drive out there was beautiful and the trail was easy. There were many small waterfalls, and the water was very clear and cold. It was really nice to hike without an agenda. While hiking the PCT, it was always about getting to water or a campsite or a resupply point. You always had to keep moving. On this hike we just took it easy and really took in our surroundings and investigated different little side trails. We just enjoyed being where we were. We hiked 8 miles. I got new shoes the day before and I felt like my foot wasn’t hurting as bad as it would have been before. I really needed this mentally, so it was worth the pain. I was hoping we could get one more weekend backpack trip in before winter settles in on us, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. I’m hoping my foot will heal over the winter months and I’ll be ready to take on the mountains once again. Meanwhile we’re going to keep trying to get day hikes in, until there’s snow and then we’ll start snow shoeing.