Yesterday I descended 5,000 feet from the base of Mt. Hood to the Columbia River. Today I crossed the Bridge of the Gods, marking my departure from Oregon and arrival in Washington State. I'm pleased to have arrived in Washington earlier than I expected, since the northern Cascades have a reputation for heavy rain and snow storms in early fall. 500 miles remain until Canada, and I hope to reach the northern terminus in early September before the weather becomes challenging.

It's hard to grasp that I've finally reached this point in my hike. I'm happy that the end is in sight, but it's also bittersweet to be close enough to the end to see that this summer's immersion in nature is finite.

I don't anticipate being able to post from the trail in Washington State, so hopefully the next time you hear from me will be in Canada.