PCT 2015 – Week 16

20 Aug – Day 107 – Portland rest day – Screen Door soul food – Salt & Straw – Stumptown roasters – crash with Wizard & Brooke – loving Portland

Good food and friends turn a day around

21 Aug – Day 108 – mi. 2144 – perfect morning coffee drinking weather – don’t want to leave – ride back to trail – cool start with Leopardsauce – salmon hatchery – bike path – blackberries – Cascade Locks – smoked salmon magic – huge brunch for hiker hunger – Starfish, Desert Hang, Puzzler, Nomad, Eli, Corey, Hoots – Bridge of the Gods & strong feelings crossing to WA – Washington, 4th state of the PCT – Columbia River Gorge –  yellow jacket sting attack – moss, ferns and lush forest – Mt Adams, Hood & St. Helens – old fire ring camp – mi. 2164

Crossing Bridge of Gods and into Washington

22 Aug – Day 109 – mi. 2164 – camped so close to others and didn’t even know it – smokey day – hot smokey taste and feel in the air – Panther Creek lunch and nap – long, long climb – no views – tall, tall trees – fire closure commotion begins – circle up the tents – Reliable spring camp – mile 2191

Lush forest

23 Aug – Day 110 – mi. 2191 – morning trail magic vortex – trail devils – Masshole and Rob – coffee, eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, beer, curry, frisbee and hacky sack – stuffed, slow walking – the game of Murder begins – Blue Lake swim -Fir & Hemlock forest – BW and LS are soul playmates – parking lot crest – Legend and mom, Nutella, Johnny Walker & Puzzler – pink striped sunset – Twin Buttes Road camp – mile 2212

First trail magicin WA

24 Aug – Day 111 – mi. 2212 – dew soaked bag in the morning – “Trail’s closed! Hike is over!” – commotion over the closures grows – road walk – broken honda hitch with Nomad – Trout Lake – Station Cafe – everyone appears exhausted – Trout Lake Abbey, the tide of the trail changes – fancy mac dinner – gifted fresh veggies, a Buddhist tradition – alpacas, gardens, orchards, retreat, peaceful dwellings, Ty Kozen – mile 2226

“Trail’s closed!”

25 Aug – Day 112 – awake in peace and chilled morning air – morning meditation service – quietened minds and team bonding – simple breakfast with retreat visitors – long walks are a service and inspiration to others – meditation and prayer farewell from Ty –  “May you be happy, May you be well, May you know love, May you know peace.”  party of a road walk: frisbee, songs, lots of laughing, games (Murder and Code) – trail magic from Sletty Betty and Duck – Pizza wishes come true – more yellow jacket stings – one of the best days of the trail – return to the PCT camp in woods – mile 2251

Mt. Adams from Trout Lake Abbey

26 Aug – Day 113 – mi,. 2251 – great sleep – Thai instant coffee – raining ash, hot air and smoke fill the sky – Sheep Lake lunch and swim – Goat Rocks Wilderness – Sierra quality views – Team viewing of the sunset – nighttime viewing of wildfires around Mt. Adams – Chicory wins Murder – lost Nomad – Split boulder camp – mile 2273

A renewed Team Gnar Gnar

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