Trail magic!

Monday July 15, 2019

21 miles

I received my first ever trail side trail magic this afternoon. Ducky’s dad was our host. Ducky completed the PCT in 2016, the AT in 2018 and is currently on the CDT. I had some chocolate milk, oreo cookies, tortilla chips and cherries. Such an awesome experience.

Morning view from our cabin.

We left Shelter Cove after a breakfast of scrambled eggs. It was a very good stay. I got my laundry done, showered and got to talk to Jim. I’ve had pretty much no cell service out here and had to use wifi to call Jim, but so glad I got to talk to him. He is my rock and bestfriend. I just wish he loved backpacking as much as I do.

It was mostly overcast all day today with cooler temps in the low 60’s. It was very comfortable hiking and maybe a little on the cool side. I didnt do much sweating today. I am also feeling better, less soreness. My pack is much more comfortable with only a little over a days worth of food in it.

The mosquitos are still bad but not as bad as yesterday. We passed by many beautiful lakes/ponds today with crystal clear water.

I am currently camped on the shore of a beautiful lake. This is one of my top five campsites ever.

View of the lake we are camped on.

I’ve seen the most people on the trail today since starting the trip. Even saw a few trail runners. This is an awesome trail to run on. So few roots and rocks. I’ve often thought how awesome it would be to live close to a trail.

Deadly mosquitoes

Sunday July 14, 2019

11.3 miles to Shelter Cove Resort

Sunrise over the lake this morning was spectacular! When you live outdoors for a while you get to see so many of them.

We rolled out of camp at 5:50am. We were headed to Shelter Cove Resort where we would stay the night, take showers and do laundry. I am so dirty. More so than I was on the AT. There are so little water sources out here that you can actually wash in. It is so different from the AT. So I don’t really get a good bandana bath in the evening.

The terrain was really dry and dusty this morning. A lot of horses had been on the trail so the ground was really stirred up and made it a little difficult to hike on.

I thought the mosquitos were bad previous days. Well it was nothing like today. There were no breaks from them at all this morning. They were so thick I put on my head on to keep them away from my face. It was only about 40 degrees when we left camp this morning so I had my puffy jacket on and I couldn’t even stop to take of off. I would rather be a little to warm than be eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just to take a picture was a challenge. Before you could take the picture they were landing on you

We made it into Shelter cove by 11am. Where the girls picked up there resupply boxes. I didn’t have one here because I didn’t get to the post office early enough. It would take UPS 10 days to get my box here so it wouldn’t have arrived until the day I was leaving Shelter Cove and I didn’t want to wait on it or take a chance on it. So I carried extra food to get me to the next stop, Elk Lake.

We took showers, did laundry, cleaned up gear, called family, caught up on emails, text messages and social media. The days we make it into town are rarely all relaxation.

Shelter Cove is really just a camping resort on a very large lake. It is not really a town. They do have a small store with some supplies and a small grill that serves hamburgers, pizza and some breakfast items. I had a gluten free veggie pizza for dinner.

Crescent Lake

Saturday July 13, 2019

19.9 miles

Check out this awesome campsite for the night. Crescent lake. Although we are not camped directly on the lake we are only a short walk away. Crescent lake is not on the PCT. We have taken an alternate route to avoid heavy snow areas around Diamond Peak, the mountain pictured in the back ground.

The last couple of afternoons I was really dragging so I decided that I would get up early this morning. So I could get most of my miles in early when I feel my best. So I woke SHORTCUT up with a loud rooster’s crow at 4:30am. We packed up and were out of camp by 5:15.

SOULFLOWER camped further down trail so I gave her a rooster’s crow as I went by. She had just woken up and got dressed but was not ready to go. We made arrangements where we would meet and we all made 10×10 (10 miles by 10am). With SOULFLOWER, the last one up and out of camp finishing first!

The mosquitos are relentless. When they are out you can’t pause to take a picture without them landing all over you. I have been applying bug spray daily and sometimes more than once per day.

The trail has been mostly a dirt path with very few roots and rocks. It has been very easy walking. Oregon is one of the flattest sections of the PCT and thru hikers can generally make 5 miles more per day here.

My knee is feeling better but my calfs are still sore. My arms are sunburnt and my butt is chafed.

Holy Snow!

Friday July 12, 2019

17.1 milesThere were miles of trail covered in snow today. I wore my microspikes for a good part of it. The snow was just in patches. Some long and some short. For the most part it was pretty easy to stay on trail since so many have been through before us.SHORTCUT postholing.I have been really tired. The long day of travel getting here plus the time change have been tough on me. I’ve had some knee pain yesterday and a little ankle issue this morning. My calf and shin muscles are sore. Which is normal for me when just starting out on trail.

Beautiful

Thursday July 11, 201919.1 miles I woke up to mosquitos still buzzing out side my tent this morning. How are the little buggers still awake? It make it challenging when one has to go poop while trying to squat and swat at the same time. Add this to my new list of talents!We continued to hike along the Rim trail for a few more miles this morning. The beauty is hard to capture on a cell phone camera, but some of the professional pictures I’ve seen with sapphire and teal colored water are exactly what I am seeing today.We had one small section of he Rim trail that was closed. I think it was impassable do to the snow. It was an easy one mile road walk around it.Crater lake was formed from a volcano that erupted 7,700 years ago and the island that you see in it is the actual top of the old volcano. The lake is over 1,900 feet deep. I will definitely be back here again some day.We had many snow covered patches of snow that we had to traverse this morning. There have been plenty of hikers through before us so we could easily follow in their footprints. We were going across them early in he morning which makes it easier when the ground is still hard. Once the sun rises it can get a little slushy.Once we were back on the PCT we entered a woodsy area where we remained the rest of the day. It got pretty warm today and with carrying a pack I got a little dehydrated. When we left camp this morning we had to carry enough water for the whole day since there was no water available. We were also depending on a water cache supplied by trail angles for our evening water. I have read reports on Guthook (electronic trail guide) that there was water there. And we were lucky that there was, about 20 five gallon water jugs. Thank you trail angles!😊There was a report at the water cache about the upcoming snow on the trail. It looks like tomorrow there could be a good bit of snow.I have been amazed how dry some section of the trail have been. Some areas are so dusty you can’t even hike behind the hiker in front of you. Then other areas are covered in snow.We were able to find a pretty good place off in the wood that was remarkably low on mosquitos. We had hiked through them off and on throughout the day. Requiring me to apply 100% deet twice.

CRATER LAKE

Wednesday July 10. 2019I am off on another adventure. I had to cancel my trip to Colorado this summer because of all the snow still on the trail making sections of it impassable. So I am currently in Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).It was a long day of travel starting with the alarm going off at 4am this morning,, involving three different flights to get to Medford, Oregon and maybe a panic attach added in.When I arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth I realised that I had less then 30 minutes before the next flight left. So that really gets the blood flowing. After what felt about a mile of running through the airport to get to the next gate only to find out that I was an hour early. Effing time change!!!After meeting my friends SOULFLOWER and SHORTCUT in Phoenix for our last flight we touch down in Oregon at 7:30 PM eastern time.Then it a quick trip to REI for fuel for our cook stoves then to tackle the 1.5 hour drive to Crater Lake with our PCT trail angel Nick. Thank you Nick.Our tent spot for the night was about 4.5 miles down trail. Which would put us in camp at 11:30pm eastern time 8:30 pacific time just enough light to set up our tents.We stepped out of the truck to the amazingly beautiful Crater Lake and swarms of mosquitos the size of birds, 61 degree temperatures and patches of snow on the ground. The temperature and the mosquitos had us moving quickly to get to camp as well as the race against time to get there before dark.We were following the rim trail around Crater Lake. It was a photographer’s dream, but you couldn’t stop and enjoy it for long because the mosquitos were all over you. You could literally feel them landing on you a dozen at a time.