PCT 2015 – Week 15

13 Aug – Day 100 –  mi. 1981 – hangovers – Sparrow Bakery – feel like we are being banished to the lava fields – sharp, treacherous tread – Carnival night at Big Lake Youth Camp: pizza, cookies, pretzels and kids – sickness among the team – awesome camp director – comet with a long tail – great stars and great sleep – Jukebox, Rabbit, Sky Pilot & Canyon – pond camp – mi. 1997

Trail to Big Lake Youth Camp

14 Aug – Day 101 – mi. 1997 – 2000 mile mark! – awake to a light mist falling – start with a trail magic Mountain Dew – low visibility at Santiam Pass – parking lot toilet! – Northwest weather – foggy, misty, chilly, damp day – sun shirt is soaked through and worthless, wool is the way – practice in layering systems – clouds and mist roll over ridges as we traverse – burned trees from old wildfire – Mordor-esque views – curious and suspicious hikers – Russell Creek crossing in the dark – Clawhammer, Bear snack, Julien – Russell Creek camp – mile 2030

I just walked 2000 miles!

15 Aug – Day 102 – mi. 2030 – Jefferson Park – view of Mt. Jefferson – clouds and morning dew – break for coffee – surprise to see Pretzel and Roadrunner – Olallie Lake resort – powerlines and clear cuts – wildfire mushroom cloud – hiker name game and the Stick game – night hike – forest snuggle camp – hallucination of Leaopardsauce hiking by in the night? –  Nomad – mile 2067

Jefferson Park

16 Aug – Day 103 – mi. 2067 – exhausted – visit from Brooke – Leopardsauce lives and did a 24 hour 60 miler! – Ice Axe, again! -view of Mt. Hood – Government Camp, OR – AT caretakers and trail angels  – song sharing and relaxing – Mazama Lodge – mile 2084

Mt. Hood

17 Aug – Day 104 – mi. 2084 – cozy slow coffee morning in the lodge – the Mazama Lodge is the perfect place to relax – breakfast with Brooke – hiking with Leopardsauce – Timberline Lodge – delicious, free food – muddy, glacial runoff – Sandy River crossing – more of Mt. Hood -night climb – passing sleeping campers, Key Lime, in the dark –  Dirty, Clawhammer, Bearsnack, Frosty Cheeks, Ice Axe, Julien at the lodge – picnic table, powerline, road camp – mile 2112

 

Timberline Lodge

 
18 Aug – Day 105 – mi. 2112 – Chill Hard Tribe – climbs & ridges – hacky sack – Eagle Creek alternate – Tunnel Falls – weekenders & day hikers – swimming holes – Mikey &  Wendy from TorC – Chicory’s moms – Searge – Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile – emotionless, possibly zombie Frank Sinatra impersonator – old people “happy” hour, appears dead – diner – blunt, funny, Chinese hostess – Portland, OR – hotel camp – mile 2144

 

Tunnel Falls

 
19 Aug – Day 106 – “rest” day – no trail miles – Portland, OR – food and gear re-supply – food trucks, gear shops and downtown – maps are hard to find – slow and frustrating public transportation – WinCo Foods – all night grocery shopping and urban hiking with 3 weeks worth of food! – resigned to eat at the diner again, 😦 – late night organize Washington resupply boxes – rough day – sleep please!

City bathing

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