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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Berries

Berries

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh it’s berry season people! On trail, huckle, blue, black, rasp and strawberries are all starting to bloom this way and that providing delicious nature sweets as we walk. Without meaning to sound deep, the feeling of fuelling yourself from nature’s goodies as they grow is a primal delight. Grab an ID book, take a stroll, and make the most of the bounty when it’s there. There is no better feeling.

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Big Lake

Big Lake

From Day 141

A misty Big Lake view greeted us this morning as we prepare to cross the 2000 mile mark.

Soon we will be meeting Simon and Denise (Ethan’s mum and dad) for two days off around Timberline Lodge. Essentially all our Oregon posts will be updated then. Keep eyes open for these and ears ready for new episodes of the Trail And Errors podcasts.

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

From Day 134

We hit Crater Lake in super weather conditions; storms rolled in a few days later and we’ve since got very wet! The deepest lake in the USA is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

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California

California

Dear California,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for the following, plus more; the desert heat, the mountain passes, the month of life in the snow, the forest walks, the ridge line views, the sweat soaked days, the seven bears, the endless deer, marmots, the tears, the blood, the laughs, the endurance and strength of mind and body, the trail angels, the trail brothers and sisters, the few times you’ve made me think I may die and all those times you’ve made me truly experience life.

You’ve given me so much over the last 4 months that I’ll never forget, but you’re also bloody huge and I’m happy to say I’ve made it through.

Oregon, you sweet babe, lets see what you’ve got in store for us.

e.wriggs

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Wildfires

Wildfires

Day 123

As we make our way north, the probability of wildfires is ever increasing. Today we awoke to smoke in the air and trapped within the valleys around us. Let’s hope the land doesn’t cook too much before we can enjoy it.

“A wildfire burning in southern Oregon has grown to nearly 9,000 acres as of Saturday morning, forestry officials say, as close to 900 firefighters battle the blaze. The Milepost 97 fire south of Canyonville was sparked Wednesday by an illegal campfire, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, flooding nearby communities with unhealthy levels of smoke.”

Read more on oregonlive.com

The Milepost 97 Fire is approx 100 miles west of the PCT. It’s big enough to have its own Facebook page:

Milepost 97 Fire

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Graduation Day

Graduation Day

Trail Day 118

Yesterday I was supposed to attend my graduation ceremony for my Masters by Research degree. Instead, I walked 28 miles, saw my first wild black bear, was stung by a bee and swam in a river. Happy graduation to me!

mollymdws

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Bear Alert!

Bear Alert!

From Day 118

Who said NorCal was boring? Not the best picture, but this was our trail companion earlier today. Molly’s first bear sighting, but Eagle-Eyed Ethan has seen 7 in the last few days! He’s a happy boy… 🙂

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