So I tried to communicate with Pat as I began the journey. Last Sunday, I sent him the below images (taken from iphone) of us checking in at the ranger station. Unfortunately, Pat's computer died when I sent the images and gave a base camp status.
"Just checked in. Currently only one in three have sumitted in the last 4 days. It's raining and fairly cold. The ranger is calling it Juneuary."
Bottom photo clockwise: Jerry (my stepdad), Kathy (my mom), Me (Fawn) and Tonya (my bestfriend)