Washington!

August 18, 2010

Holy Cow! I can’t believe that it is time to trek through Washington! Currently I am at the border of Oregon/Washington. Oregon was awesome. All the awesome things about Oregon that I can remember at the moment:

Crater Lake was spectacular. I hope to make it back there some day.

Three Sisters — it was raining when we went through and I was really full from food, but it was really pretty anyway.

Mt. Thielson was pretty neat too, really picturesque. Maybe not the biggest mountain that we passed, well definitely not the biggest, but we got pretty close to it and it was cool looking.

Eagle Creek was really nice, but, but, but lots and lots of critters. At 3 in the morning I woke up to something in my food bag! Then I moved the bag and it crawled over to where Crow Dog was sleeping and walked on him. It would not leave us alone, so we got up and hiked at 3:30 am until about 4:15 am. We realized it was kind of ridiculous to night hike the section that we wanted to see, so we reset up camp at 4:15 am and slept for another couple of hours.

I’ve really enjoyed hiking around the Orange Hats and also Dave and Danielle. It has been nice to see some other thru hikers around. We missed the buffet at the Timberline Lodge by 10 minutes (10 minutes!) and they wouldn’t let us in. The Orange Hats did make it and just gave us sorry looks. Oh well, good pizza instead, but still a little sad about that one.

I can’t believe that it is time for Washington. This trip, and especially the last month has flown by. The front pack is getting ready to finish. Lakewood is going to finish in a week and I hiked with him through the Sierra. But there are still 500 incredible miles to go before the end and I am excited for it all. I’ve heard only good things about Washington.

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OREGON! Mile 1720

August 2, 2010

Well I’m in Oregon! Finally. The past few weeks have been a little rough. I had shin splints and then my stomach went south. I took antibiotics for parasites, that made me feel bad still, but we were still doing 30 mile days. Now things are starting to look better. Oregon has been amazing so far. The people are nice, the land is flat. There is going to be some good swimming in rivers and lakes hopefully too.

The rest of Cali was kind of hot and kind of buggy. Highlights:
Saw a baby bear, 4 feet from me sleeping at the base of a tree, the mama probably abandoned it, it looked scraggly.

Watching awesome salamanders that had red bellies in the water. Those were awesome! We lost a few miles that day from looking at the salamanders in the lake.

Saw a fire being fought not so far away by helicopters.

Hoping to finish up Oregon pretty quick, then on to Washington and Canada. Sorry the updates haven’t been that frequent, computers have been sparse.