PCT Day 23-24 Friday- Saturday August 5-6, 2022
This is the last of the PCT – revisited posts. Our transition from trail to touristing before we head home.
We booked a ferry trip from Stehekin to Chelan, which leaves at 10.30am for a one hour down lake trip. That gave us an opportunity for one more breakfast at the Bakery.
We were super eager arriving at the door 10 minutes before it opened. The lovely owner was out walking her dogs and invited us in. As we were placing our order, the cinammon scrolls were just being iced, still warm out of the oven. Hammer couldn’t resist, just one more. The icing is so light, it tastes almost like an Italian meringue. So delicious, hard to stop at just one bite.
With full bellies of most delicious food, we went back to camp, packed up before walking down to the ferry wharf. We are ready to leave, the hike is over and we are not really holidaying here. Although it would be a great place to visit on vacation and stay at one of the cabins by the lake.
The boat trip down the lake was interesting. The lake is enormous, narrow at the top end and it widens towards Chelan. It is as deep as Lake Tahoe at over 1400 feet /almost 500 m. And it is so clear all the way. Chelan is a big town of mainly big holiday rental places/condominiums. I can certainly see why this is an attractive destination for a whole lot of water based activities.
We didn’t spend long in Chelan before we got a bus to Wenatchee with a transfer there to Leavenworth. From Leavenworth we had missed the once daily bus to Seattle so will have to wait till tomorrow.
Leavenworth is a German themed town popular on weekends and we couldn’t get accomodation. Hammer came up with a light bulb idea, why not stay in Wenatchee and get a bus to Leavenworth tomorrow? Great thinking. We stayed at a great hotel right by the bus stop. Fantastic to have a shower and sleep on crispy, clean white sheets. It was heavenly.
The next morning we got the bus to Leavenworth. What an interesting town. The whole town is like a theme park. I’m sure there is an episode of Arrested Development filmed here. We learnt from the visitors office that the German theme development was a deliberate decision by people who stayed in town after mining jobs disappeared from the community. Lots ts of residents left for jobs in the city and they wanted to keep the town alive. Many decades later and it looks like it worked. Full hotels and streets bustling with visitors on a beautiful warm summers day. Must be lovely to visit at Christmas time.
We got on the bus to Seattle at the edge of town. An Amtrack bus replacing a train. While waiting for the bus, sitting on the ground outside a service station, we met a lovely Irish PCT Hiker “Muddy” who hiked just under half the PCT trail and is heading home tomorrow. We shared stories of trail adventure and misadventure. She was leaving the trail to go home and be with family for the one year memorial of her fathers death from Covid. So sad to hear, he was a healthy man and he was just a little bit older than us. We hoped that her time on trail helped with the pain of her loss.
We arrived in Seattle just as the Seattle Mariners fans were pouring of the stadium not far from the train station. Crazy busy, I haven’t seen so many people bustling and enjoying the warm late afternoon warmth and sunshine, and obviously their team won. Everyone looked so happy.
Well be staying around Seattle for a little while before we head south and then home. Hoping that spring arrives Down Under before we do.
Hi Stef and Mike, congratulations on the end of your journey. So glad to hear that your knee withstood the journey. Dede and I are in Victoria for the month. We have a two bedroom house and are only a ferry ride away. If your schedule allows we would love to have you stay with us. It would be great to see you. Let us know if that is a possibility. We are staying in James Bay, about ten minutes walk from the ferry and downtown.
Thank you Joe and Dede. We are very much looking forward to meeting up with you in Victoria. Mike will give you a call, once we work out the border crossing requirements.
Wow, I have just caught up on the final days of your journey and 3 cheers to you both 👏👏👏 well done, with all the blowdowns etc I don’t know how you found your way through – the scenery was absolutely spectacular, your photography Stef & description 1st class – congratulations and look forward to catching up when you return home – time to spoil yourselves now 🌻
Thank you for your kind words Maree. It has been so good to come back and revisit Washington. Look forward to catching up when we return.
So glad that your trip was a success!! You folks are hail and hearty…and best of all make the best of all situations! And what a wonderful place to end it — Stehekin and Lake Chelan are gems (especially the bakery!!). I celebrated my 65 th birthday there many moons ago and still have fond memories.
Safe travels home.
Thank you Andrea
The more I see of this amazingly beautiful country the more I want to see. It was so good to be able to come back and hike Washington together.
Nice work on the blog once again guys though I don’t think there is much of Mikes writing in it! It’s been great to hike the trial vicariously and share the adventure. Glad it went well. Say hi to Mike for me please Steph. We need him back at work. Plenty of cakes here!
Thank you Chris
Mike is a reluctant contributor to writing or photography 😏. He has his roster for return to work. Which day is cake day?
Hi Guy’s, Thank you so much for your really interesting blogs, I have enjoyed your journey so much it was ‘almost’ like being there myself. Where is ‘our’ next trip going to be?
So nice to have you along Tina. Feeling a lot braver to attempt other big trips. But first a 42km walk through the streets of London in October. It is leftover from 2020.