Twig Adventures

Day 44: Some more lava but not much water

August 18th, 2018 Twin Ponds Tr. mm 1781.5 to mm 1748.5 Distance: 33 miles 0630-1930 It was another long day that I got a lot of walking done. The trail didn’t have a whole lot going on other than forest and some lava. I saw a brief view of Mt McLaughlin just as I started out and then more distant views from some lava fields. It is another classic-looking volcano. Unfortunately it was too hazy to get pictures of it. The lava section was interesting. The trail had been formed by laying down crushed gravel over the rocks and was very smooth and pleasant to walk on. There was forest interspersed in the lava, providing diversity. This went on for[…]

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Day 43: Rolling along

August 17th, 2018 Jack Springs Trail Junction, mm 1809 to Twin Ponds Tr. mm 1781.5 Distance: 27.5 miles 0630-1850 For the first time in awhile, I had something hurting me more than my feet. It felt like the beginnings of a chin splint on my right leg. It’s not a pain that is excruciating but rather just an annoyance. I had them bad at the end of the Colorado Trail but never on the TA. I’ve actually dealt with them since I was in high school, so I wasn’t too worried. The trail wasn’t all that remarkable today, save for a climb and some cool ridge traverses aroung Devils Peak and Lucifer…yes, those were the real names on the map.[…]

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Day 42: Mazama

August 16th, 2018 Crater Lake Rim trail to Jack Springs Trail Junction, mm 1809 Distance: 14 PCT miles, 8 miles on Crater Lake Rim trail, 3 miles to and from Mazama Village; total 25 miles 0600-1830 I was on the trail plenty early for the sunrise over Crater Lake. I had such great expectations, after seeing so many pictures of it online and on TV. I was not disappointed. It was quite extraordinary, despite the smoke. The reflections off the lake were really interesting. I meandered along the rim for about 6 miles, in walking bliss. I stopped often to take pictures so it was slow going. That early, I had the trail basically to myself. It was great being[…]

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Day 41: Highpoints and Smoke

August 15th, 2018 Maidu Lake mm 1866 to Crater Lake Rim trail Distance: 26 PCT miles, 4 miles on Crater Lake Rim trail, 1 mile from lake; total 31 miles 0620-1830 I wanted to get all the way to the Crater Lake Rim Trail on this day so I got a pretty early start. It was a bit dark on the lake trail but light enough by the time I got back on the PCT. The trail climbed gradually and shortly I was at the high point of OR and WA at 7560′. There was nothing too special about this point and it certainly didn’t feel very high, being in the trees and pretty flat. It’s hard to believe that[…]

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Day 40: A missed meetup

August 14th, 2018 Diamond View Lake, Oregon Skyline Trail Alt. to Maidu Lake mm 1866 Distance: 12 PCT miles, 15.5 miles on Alt trail, 1 mile to lake; total 28.5 miles 0620-1700 I learned a couple Finnish words last night. Suvi noticed my Fjallraven trekking tights and remarked that I have kettu housut (fox pants). A fox is the symbol of the company (I think raven is the Swedish term for fox) and the brand is naturally very popular throughout Scandinavia. Apparently they are a bit of a status symbol because the line is generally pretty pricy. My tights were received for gear testing via Trailspace.com and I got to keep them. We were also discussing cat hole strategies (a[…]

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Day 39: Shelter Cove

August 13th, 2018 Ski Shelter mm 1914.5 to Diamond View Lake, Oregon Skyline Trail Alt. Distance: 8 PCT miles, 2 miles to SC, 5 miles on Alt trail; 15 total 0620-1700 Suvi and I walked the 10 miles into Shelter Cove in the morning. I was looking forward to my new pair of shoes the whole way. Suvi was lamenting that her right shoe had either shrunk in the hot lava of previous days or her foot had expanded, or both. But her foot was really hurting. I got my boxes first and drooled over the new shoes. But before putting them on, I needed to wash myself and clothes. I couldn’t get the shoes dirty right off the bat![…]

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Day 38: Another hut!

August 12th, 2018 Horseshoe Lake mm 1943 to Ski Shelter mm 1914.5 Distance: 28.5 miles 0640-1800 It got pretty cold overnight and I had the hardest time getting moving in the morning. For the first time in awhile, my tent had condensation. No wonder, the way the lakes were all steaming. Once I was hiking, I concluded that it was perfect weather. Since mid-morning the day before, the haze was gone and the nice clear views were back. Too bad it was mostly in the trees today. I went through one burn section, which was quite pleasant for a change. I had stopped early for lunch, taking an hour to cook an extra meal and dry my tent. Then around[…]

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Day 37: A Record Day

August 11th, 2018 Mm 1976.5 to Horseshoe Lake mm 1943 Distance: 33.5 miles 0515-1900 I was on the trail super early and did a record day in record time. I got my earliest start yet by skipping breakfast and coffee and packing everything in 20 minutes. I can be fast when need be. Usually I take about an hour when I take the time to eat and caffinate. It was almost still too dark to hike. But I was walking through more open lava areas. The dim lighting and primal landscapes made me feel like I was on Mars. It was really surreal. I thought about going off-trail to climb a ridge and watch the sunrise but a cold wind[…]

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Day 36: Bend

August 10th, 2018 HWY 242 mm 1984 to mm 1976.5 Distance: 8.5 miles I needed more sleep than I got on this night but I don’t sleep all the well indoors, anymore. My best sleep is outside now. My aches and pains were bothering me all night but I felt pretty rested when I got up at 0700. I had breakfast while updating the blog and didn’t leave the hostel until nearly 11. I walked straight to the library to get some time with a computer. The store fronts and main street were very nice, as was the library. The town had a very vibrant, young, outdoorsy feel to it. I daresay it is hip. Kayaks adorn half the car[…]

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Day 35: Hot lava

August 9th, 2018 Rockpile Lake mm 2015 to HWY 242 mm 1984, then ride to Sisters and Bend, OR Distance: 31 miles 0600-1800 What a long and tough day but I did it! I made it all the way to Bend. It was an ambitious goal, given the miles, high temps, lack of water, terrain, climbs and logistics of getting to town. It might have been the toughest day yet. I made good time through mostly burned areas and up to the ridge bellow Three Fingered Jack Mt. I was down to Hwy 20 by 1030 and found a cooler of trailer magic with beers and coke. Since I have walked over 2000 miles on other trails, I helped myself[…]

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