Here is a link to the video of a PCT section I plan as my July foray - it was taken in year 2011, the last highest snow year on PCT, when snow pack was at 190% I believe. Considering it (snow level) is already far surpassed this year and the snow falls are not over yet, it'd be interesting...dangerous...super-challenging and potentially disappointing in terms of completion. After a couple of weeks of hesitation, arguing, defending, wrapping my mind, researching (by Larry, who is best at it) and purchasing microspikes and ice axe and still being fully aware not only my kindly proposed 25 miles a day (5 miles less than last year's average) has to drop drastically (thus in a miracle scenario putting me at Tuolumne meadow instead of Red's), but I need a back-up plan of cutting it off, retrieving safely and doing some random around hiking for a few days while waiting for Larry and Harrison. p.s. Just so you know, I am praying for that Global Warming everybody claim to be happening. Bring it!
And I went on a quick visit to my beloved Portland, OR. It was a spur of the moment ticket purchase a month or so ago, and I am glad I did. While miracles didn't happen (nor were they expected), it was actually exactly what I needed - and hopefully not just I. Spending time with my boys is always precious, seeing my adoptive family, and a visit to My Church, The Columbia River Gorge, can not be understated. My soul is full when I am in the mountains, and my face lights up, regardless of conditions. For 5 years Gorge was what kept me alive, physically, mentally and emotionally. I don' know where this was my last trip there or not, but it has my heart forever. (and I got to practice my snowpack hiking a bit).