Whoa, We’re Halfway There!!

We’re jumping a little ahead here but we have hit the halfway point and wanted to write about it. We’ve got some blogs in the works for our sections of Tahoe and Sonora Pass so we’ll be jumping around out of order a little. Hope you all don’t mind too much!

On Aug. 8 we hit the midpoint of the Pacific Crest Trail! We’ve got 360 miles until we finally make it out of California. By this point on the AT (by my best recollection) we would’ve already been in New Jersey on our eighth state. We’ve gone through the hot, dry desert, the snowy and wet Sierra, and now into the mossy-covered pines. It’s been beautiful every step of the way and will continue to be. Here are some more statistics and fun facts we’ve gathered!

Three years ago on Aug. 9, Kelsey finished the AT; last year on Aug. 8 she finished the JMT; now this year we got halfway on the PCT! What a lucky and exciting couple of days!

Day: 78

Average at end of day: 17.06

Largest mile day: 30.3 miles

Smallest mile day: 3.8 trail miles

Zeroes taken: Six

Pairs of shoes: Cody, three; Kelsey, two

Kelsey’s hip belt seam coming undone.

Gear swapped: Cody, pack; Kelsey, pack.

Favorite meal: Spicy ramen noodles with peanut butter and cashews (it’s like backcountry pad thai).

Main thoughts throughout the day: Cody-FOOD, anything and everything related to food; Kelsey-a lot of math, what pace are we hiking, what mileage are we at, etc.

Favorite trail towns: Lake Tahoe and Kennedy Meadows North.

Sunset boat ride on Lake Tahoe.

 

Rattlesnakes seen: four.

Favorite section so far: Cody, the Sierra, Mount Whitney to Muir Pass; Kelsey, the area right before Sonora Pass.

Best tent site: A ridgeline before Sonora Pass.

The coolest tent site!

People on trail: In the very beginning we tallied up everyone we had met so far and actually were at 50:50 male to female ratio. As we’ve gotten farther there are more men but still not substantially more.

Diesel, Smiles & Miles, and White Noise

Most money spent on a resupply: Cody, $86 for a four-day supply of food; granted, we had just finished the toughest section of the Sierra and we were STARVING. Kelsey, $71 at a very small gas station for only three days of food.

Hitchhiking: We figure we’ve probably hitchhiked close to 40 times so far, our longest attempt taking around two hours and our shortest at probably two minutes.

Jorge, our best trail angel yet!!

Friends and family seen so far: We have been picked up or visited nine times so far! Nine times!! Cody got to see his aunt and uncle that he hasn’t seen in nine years and Kelsey got to see a family friend for the first time since childhood. It’s pretty amazing to have so many people wanting to see us and help us out on our journey!

Sarah came to visit in Lake Tahoe!

Eric spoiled us rotten in Tahoe!

So much fun with grandma and Cassidy!

Longest stretch without a shower: Eight days, so really not that bad!

Days with rain: Three total, two of which it only really rained for about an hour! We had rain on day four and then not again until day 63.

Times gone swimming: Cody, four; Kelsey, two, once in a river in the desert, once in Deep Creek Hot Springs, Cody dunked into a river, and took a trip to an iceberg. (Last year in the Sierra Kelsey swam in at least eight lakes but they were all WAY too cold this year.)

Cody’s swim to an iceberg.

Packages returned to sender from USPS: Three!!! All the more reason for us to not mess with sending boxes.

Three packages arrived correctly.

On-trail nationalities: Top five are American, German, Canadian, English, and French. The remaining nationalities are Mongolian, Thai, Czech, Austrian, Brazilian, Swedish, and Swiss.

Items lost: FitBit, cork ball, Chapstick, one tent stake, micro-towel, bandana (found and returned), and another bandana. Of the seven items ,two were lost by Cody, five by Kelsey.

Strange or surprising happenings: Kelsey once stepped on a dead chipmunk while setting up the tent. We once saw three dead rats during a several mile stretch through the desert, all were uneaten and appeared unharmed except for them being dead. Every time it’s rained, it’s also hailed. The only bear sighting was in town, not on trail.

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Comments 2

  • Kathy : Aug 12th

    Fabulous recap and photos! Love the fun facts! While I thoroughly enjoy your blog updates I’d much prefer that you take your re-supply time to take some chill time rather than feeling pressure to get the blog done.
    I know your time is precious.
    It must be so exciting to know you’re past the halfway point and almost out of California! Smiles and Miles you continue to inspire and amaze me!
    Love ya both! Stay safe! 😘

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  • Duke/Chopper : Aug 13th

    Most surprising fact? 3 days of rain entering your 8th week of the hike, and successfully hitchhiking (thank heaven for Cody🤣)? Amazing. Least surprising? # of pairs of shoes, Cody only losing 2 of the 7 items lost………Kelsey stepping on a dead squirrel while setting up the tent ( I laughed hysterically, while re-enacting it in my mind). It has continued to amaze all of us……the journey, the stories, the people…..and especially, the pictures! A grand adventure demands grand vistas, and you continue to have/see them. I have to disagree with a previous poster😉. Keep on posting! For those of us who can’t make the trip to see you, these posts have become our lifeline to your journey! It sounds like the trail has and will continue to change, as you head northbound. We look forward to new posts, whether they go backwards……or are of a more recent variety! We all think of you often, and you are loved😘

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