Leaving White Pass, every hiker mentioned the beautiful Goat Rocks and how amazing this next stretch would be. It was going to be a highlight on my trip, for sure. The weather was perfect, so I decided to lunch early where I ran into an older man, near tears, saying he just experienced the best day of his life. Oh, I couldn't wait.
As I started the climb, I notice some curious clouds rolling in ahead. With miles of "up" to complete, my visibility diminished to 5 feet. Here's a photo of my spectacular Goat Rock Summit View:
If only I had insect eyes, the moisture droplets might reflect a rainbow of euphoria... But I'm not a fly. It was a complete white out.
On the descend, I found myself crossing a large snow field with fresh footprints leading me through. Do you remember thinking, as a child, what it might feel like to sit on a cloud? Well, my friends, I know that feeling now. It was complete white all around me, not in a snow storm freezing kind of way, but in an "I've ascended to Heaven" kind of way. The sun was setting and tinted everything yellow with traces of light blue shadows. I felt my mom all around. Naturally, as I landed back down on solid ground, the clouds broke and I was faced with a perfect view of Mt. Adams.
Maybe I didn't have the same perspective of the Goat Rocks that so many spoke of, but it was still perhaps one of the best views of my life.