Monday, November 17, 2014
Sept 7 & 8, 2014: Cascade Locks, OR to Panther Creek, WA
Sept. 7, 2014 Rock Creek, 20.0 miles
"Polar Bear and Terese waited for me in C.L. so we all left together. Awesome. Saw Paul Bunyon in the morning, still drunk. I should note here, that while in Cascade Locks, from 1:00pm -9 pm I ate: 1 hotdog, 1 hamburger, 2 orders of fries, 1/2 chili cheese dog, salad bar, 2 plums, 1/2 bag of Fritos and 1/2 can of queso sauce. Anyway: it's HOT here. 91 degrees, and we climbed 3500 feet. 11 miles w/o water, and landed at the only campsite around [with water]. There were already 20 hikers here when we arrived after dark, so we camped in the trail. Nice night under the stars, cowboy camping w/ my buddies. Chai w/ cinnamon whiskey, laughs, happiness."
Sept. 8, 2014
"Somewhat depleted today after yesterday's climbing in the heat. Felt Jell-o legged after lunch + slowly progressed. Took some salt tabs @ 1:30pm + felt better quickly. Also: iPod for the first time on trail. The National 'Trouble will find me' ended up being a perfect soundtrack for the flats, wind in the maples, dappled shade. Met up with some hikers in the woods around 4:00pm. Now, waiting for Terese, + on to Panther Creek Campground for an early camp."
Sept. 8, 2014 Mile 1974- 1991, 16.5 miles
"Staying in a real campground tonight. Excited to have picnic tables, pit toilets + a firepit. Washington is, indeed living up to its reputation as a 'harder' state than Oregon. The trails go up and down rather mercilessly w/o switchbacks + the landscape isn't particularly inspiring thus far. That said, the afternoon light coming into the mixed conifer + deciduous forest was lovely. It's warm + dry with hints of autumn in the wind. Ferns cover the forest floor. I'm excited to see Mt. Adams. Looking forward to some views + rocky spires. Also: goats! Camping again w/ Terese + Polar Bear, just us 3. It's awesome. "