Hiking, PCT 2015, Travels

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…

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Day 120: Water, Water Everywhere

Another cold and windy morning but no rain today. We took an early bus back to Timberline Lodge and jumped on the trail around 9:30am. Within a few miles we hit the first of several river crossings today; the Zigzag River. We heard it roaring from the top of the hill and I was nervous that it was going to…

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Day 118: Rainy Days

I woke up to more rain today, this time heavier and windier…so I stayed in bed until it stopped! It eventually gave up around 8am, and we were hiking at 9am so we knew big miles were going to be a slim possibility today. The trail was chilly and damp, winding through dense forests. The forests have changed though, still…

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Day 116: Jefferson and Russell

We tracked the ridge we had camped on for the early part of the morning, but the trail opened up frequently giving views of Mount Jefferson in the distance. Moving across an open plateau, I caught sight of a Peregrine falcon overhead which was a welcome surprise. We took a brief pause at Shale Lake for lunch and watched the…

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Day 115: A Few of My Favourite Things

Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens. Etcetera. Note no lava fields or sand mentioned in there. Actually the lava fields were kind of cool. The rocks were indisputably painful on the feet, and the vast expanse of bleak, black rocks was not the most interesting view I’ve had. But the lava rocks are at least stable when I put…

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