PCT – Week 14

Aug. 6 – Day 93 – mi. 1819 – leep in and huge breakfast – Crater Lake alternate – tourist shock – slack pack – crewed by the Barratz – midday coffee break – Crater Lake! – Watchman tower – Chill Hard Tribe – parking lot feast – early camp at Grouse Hill Camp – mile 1837

 

Crater Lake

 
Aug. 7 – Day 94 – mi. 1837 – 3 months on trail – 11 hrs of sleep – duffy, sandy tread through forest – Mt. thielsen summit – stoked – steep scree gravel scrapes – more forest fires – bare honesty – spilled beans – the Inquisitor, Recon, Lonestar – OR/WA high point camp – mi. 1858

View from Mt. Thielsen

Aug. 8 – Day 95 – mi. 1858 – heavy dew and cold morning – hot coffee before others rise – sore quads but feeling good – lost gnar gnars – Oregon Skyline alternate – horse woman cold beer magic – picnic table, water, garbage can and toilet = heaven – Recovery tip: Eat more, sleep more, walk less! – Over Easy, Sweet Tango, Bush Tit & Tom Tit – Whitefish horse camp – mi. 1876 (+10 alt mi. )

 

Mossy woods

 
Aug. 9 – Day 96 – OST alt. – morning walk & chat with BW & Sneezl to pass the miles – Shelter Cove – Alpaca found – proud of my resupply box – 8 hr break: coffee, food, cold drinks, swim, yoga, hiker party – chocolate poems – German impersonation of a Texas accent! – welcome sight of glowing cabin lights – Maiden Peak ski hut – mi. 1912

Ladies man, Recon, D’lux at Shelter Cove resort

Aug. 10 – Day 97 – mi. 1912 – casual, cozy morning – some smoke – burned areas and lakes – Three Sisters Wilderness! – lush forest, lakes & ponds everywhere, boulders, birds, bear sighting and wild feeling –  Horseshoe Lake camp – mi. 1941

 

Flowers after a fire

 
Aug. 11 – Day 98 – mi. 1941 – quick miles to brunch at Elk Lake resort – sweet potato & pineapple burrito, coffee and good music – tubing on the lake – afternoon showers – crisp meadows and forest – sediment from runoff filled stream – mountain views – section in the Top 5 favorites of the trail – Avo & Nola – Hinton Creek camp – mi. 1964

 

Playing on tubes in Elk Lake

 
Aug. 12 – Day 99 – mi. 1964 – sleepless super windy night blowing down tents – Obsidian Cliffs – expansive lava fields – trail runner – town food and parks – frisbee in a tree and river – new shoes , Pearl Izumi N2s (pair 3) -birthday celebration with lots of beer – Mikey, Cabrita – Bend, OR – Rainbow Motel – mi. 1981

Lava fields before McKenzie Pass

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