August 20th - 9:32 am

2097 miles on the trail
553 miles to go

Last 7 days:
32 | 28 | 26 | 26 | 31 | 19 | 0
Average 23.1 miles/day

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A Birthday Poem for Ethan

A Birthday Poem for Ethan

Ode to a Wild Man

Written by Joshua Parry, August 2019

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his bush of beard,
Look at his big flat feet,
Ignore all the smush he eat.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his horse mane hair,
Look at his string bean body,
Ignore his strange clothes all shoddy.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his fearsome spirit,
Look at his courageous heart,
Ignore the smell of fart.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at the miles he’s walked,
Look at the friends he’s made,
Ignore how his toes have splayed.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Not far now from home,
In hugs you’ll be immersed,
Just have a shower first.

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Look who we bumped into!

Look who we bumped into!

In the past 2 weeks we have walked from Ashland (Southern border of Oregon) to Timberline Lodge (Northern border of Oregon), where we have linked up with Ethan’s parents for some R&R. That’s 377 miles in 14 days, and we are now knocking on the door of Washington state. Suddenly the end seems near, only 550 miles to go…

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Mile 2078 to Mile 2097

Mile 2078 to Mile 2097

Mt Hood

An exciting day for us! We are met on the trail by Ethan’s mum & dad, they bring us cereal! We walk together the last few miles to Timberline Lodge, before going to a Best Western in nearby Government Camp to wash and change. We then head to Cascade Locks on the Washington border by car to the PCT Days event where we catch up with a bunch of other hikers and see what’s on offer there. A couple of days R&R in store after averaging 27.6 miles a day for the last 2 weeks; we’ve earned it!

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Mile 2047 to Mile 2078

Mile 2047 to Mile 2078

Timothy Lake

Another big day takes us all the way to Timothy Lake. Tomorrow we should meet Ethan’s parents somewhere on the trail before we all end the day at Timberline Lodge!

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Mile 2021 to Mile 2047

Mile 2021 to Mile 2047

Around Mount Jefferson we make it to Olallie Lake where there is a small store where we buy some stuff before moving a few miles further down the trail. 2 days left until we see Ethan’s parents & take a couple of days off!

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Mile 1907 to Mile 1935

Mile 1907 to Mile 1935

Stormy Lake

Despite the festivities of the previous night we managed to get up and get ready to leave Shelter Cove for the 7am open of the grill. We grabbed a muffin and pastry for breakie, and got our fine selves back to the trail. The sky was mottled with cloud, but it looked as if the blue sky was winning the battle. We spent the vast majority of the day among dropping woodland where cauliflower fungus was bursting from the dirt in all directions.

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Mile 1885 to Mile 1907

Mile 1885 to Mile 1907

Shelter Cove

Strong thuds of rain slapped against the outer fly layer of our tent as our eyes peeled themselves open. They were slow at first as we decided it was time to rise, but as we did, a crack of thunder roared above followed by a torrent of rain. Well I guess we’ll return to bed. We couldn’t wait it out forever, so after another half hour or so we braved the rain and packed up camp. We were charging through the drenched forest towards Shelter Cove where showers, food and a resupply awaited.

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Mile 1858 to Mile 1885

Mile 1858 to Mile 1885

A solid sleep was interrupted by the light morning haze passing between the trees around us. Just a few miles down trail was Oregon and Washington’s highest point on the PCT. Standing at 7,500 ft (lower than the lowest point in the Sierra section), this incredibly gradual hill epitomised the stereotype of Oregon. Once again in the shroud of the forest, we moved swiftly trying to keep the onslaught of the mosquitoes away from our legs as we weaved from tree to tree. It was overcast giving a cool feel to the air, but not a breeze stirred the humid pockets of the wood.

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Mile 1828 to Mile 1858

Mile 1828 to Mile 1858

Howlock Mountain

No mountain lions snatched us up in the night, so more walking for us today I guess. We marched back up to the Crater Lake Rim Trail and stared in absolute awe at its beauty in the morning light. Wizard Island was silhouetted by the gentle glare cast off the smooth waters of the lake. The rim’s edge looked mighty as we skirted around past Llao Rock, but it was oddly short lived as the trail dipped down to the roads side for much of the rims circumference. We loved the rolling fields around the crater, but knew that these too would be short lived as we began the slow trot back to the green tunnel.

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Mile 1799 to Mile 1828

Mile 1799 to Mile 1828

Crater Lake Rim

After a night of deer behaving weirdly, it was good to see the morning light rise and confirm that the noises of the night were nothing more than that. We packed as much as we could within our tent to avoid the buzzing hell that awaited us outside, but we had to face the music at some point. Mosquitoes filled the air as we began the hike making us walk double time in an attempt to keep them from finding purchase. Because of this, we smashed the first 10 miles through the green tunnel in no time.

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Mile 1773 to Mile 1799

Mile 1773 to Mile 1799

Awaking to the unfamiliar sound of highway traffic was odd and didn’t help shake off the groggy sleep in our eyes. We collected enough water to last us a 11 mile dry stretch, but before we could head off we had to tend to Molly’s foot. A painful blister had formed on her arch making it hard for her to step, a pretty vital part of thruhiking. We leached the blister (passing a thread through it to allow the goo to exit) and headed off.

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