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Starting a Journey from Portland

Starting a Journey from Portland

Portland, Oregon is one of my very favourite cities. It suits me perfectly. It has a wonderful vibe, it’s easy to walk around, it’s got mountains nearby, excellent coffee, places it’s actually easy to find vegetarian and vegan food. Showing someone else around a place I love is always slightly awkward though. What if they don’t love it as much as I do? Thankfully Alkis had an excellent response and is now hooked on Portland too. I only had two…

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Day 123: Portland

Day 123: Portland

The Columbia Area Transit runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we called to reserve a spot on the bus to Portland for today. We had to visit some outdoor stores to get some warmer gear, and figured that we could probably get a better lunch and resupply in Portland than the tiny town of Cascade Locks. After purchasing an Ursack Minor to protect my food from the Washington squeaks (the mice are meant to be particularly crafty) we headed to…

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Day 108: Crater Lake!

Day 108: Crater Lake!

The fire closure meant that we had almost no chance of leaving Crater Lake National Park first thing in the morning, so we slept in and wandered over to the restaurant for breakfast around 7:30am. In hindsight this may have been an error. Bear in mind breakfast is really quite tricky to mess up. First my poached eggs and sausages came out cold. Then when I sent them back I got told “I don’t know how they could be cold,…

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Day 103: Awaiting Fire Updates

Day 103: Awaiting Fire Updates

Last night we had decided to leave today, but on waking we felt unrested and slightly nervous about the fire in Crater Lake National Park. It’s only 4 days away from here and it’s currently on fire, with the PCT closed for a few miles. Most hikers follow an alternate trail along the rim of the lake, and that is still open for now but the projected activity of the fire doesn’t look good on a 72 hour time horizon….

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Day 102: A Surprisingly Unrelaxing Zero

Day 102: A Surprisingly Unrelaxing Zero

We had shared the room between 5 so it took a while to organise getting out for breakfast, but eventually 4 of us made it to Morning Glory round the corner from the motel. It had been given rave reviews and I was looking forward to testing it out. I wanted to try almost everything on the menu, but I was pleased with my omelette choice. Whilst we dragged out breakfast as long as possible inevitably it was soon time…

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Day 91: Lazy Zero

Day 91: Lazy Zero

Today we zeroed with trail angels JoAnn and Emory. I don’t think we left the house all day. We made it as far as the garage to the washing machine to do laundry, but really the day was all about the sofa and the TV. JoAnn is a big LA Dodgers fan so we watched a lot of baseball, and Emory made his “coronary popcorn” with butter and salt. JoAnn had a jigsaw puzzle half done and allowed us to…

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Day 69: Zero Day in South Lake Tahoe

Day 69: Zero Day in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe has positives and negatives for a zero day. Everything is spread out, and it takes time to do everything. We started with the things nearest to the motel: breakfast and resupply. I managed a good resupply at Raley’s supermarket, including pre-cooked sausages and bacon which are heavy but possibly worth it and almost never available. Additional resupply items went back in the bounce bucket before we sent it on, and I changed out of my nice clean…

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Day 18: Big Bear Zero

Day 18: Big Bear Zero

I spent the day in town in a daze; the euphoria that comes with a town visit combined with the physical drive to rest and recover. It’s always a confusing time, as people come into town in groups, some of whom you haven’t seen for a while. Some stay for a zero, others leave while you’re taking a day out. Breakfast melted into Post Office runs, resupplying food, and lounging around doing crosswords. And eating salad! I can’t tell you…

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Day 9: Resting Up

Day 9: Resting Up

Today would have been a frustrating day if it hadn’t been for the great company. After breakfast, Glen drove back to the Resource Center to do some post office runs and I came down to spend the day with hikers. Chug and Dolittle were still here, as was Pretzel and we were joined before lunchtime by 12Percent. He was talking about his search for a trail wife – someone who hikes, and where better to find someone who hikes than…

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