After we fueled up with the buffet and took Dangerprone and Hawkeye's
extra food, we headed out with them and MoonPie to do some big miles
before calling it a day. At the top of a brutally steep climb,
Lorenzo joined the party. The poor guy took an alternate route and
had to walk an extra 7 miles because that trail was washed out.
In spite of MoonPie's protestations, we hiked into the dark and after
much searching and discussion, finally found a large campsite for all
of us. It's fun to be in such a big group.
Friday - 22 miles
This picture was taken today on our way into town with Mt. Hood in the
background. It's dark, but you get an idea of what Jane looks like
after 6 days without a shower.
On our way into Cascade Locks, we took the Eagle Creek alternate trail
(which every thru hiker takes because it's way prettier). We passed
about 20 waterfalls along this trail including Tunnel falls - this
200+ foot fall has a dynamited tunnel behind, so you get to walk
underneath the fall. Pretty cool!
We got to town around 5:30 and immediately proceeded to the town pub
to meet up with about 15 other thru hikers.
And speaking of other hikers, we ran into So Far today! He had hitched
north and was walking south back to Sisters for a bluegrass festival.
It was really great to see him. We met him at about mile 22, and
haven't seen him since mile 720, so seeing him at mile 2,143 was a
One final note: we're excited for WA because we've already begun
enjoying wild berries. According to Lewis & Clark freshman and youth
group alum Gareth, the berries are waiting for us in WA. Thanks for
scouting the trail for us Gareth!
We are waiting for MoonPie and Hoffa to return from their visit to
Portland, then this afternoon thr four of us will walk over the Bridge
of the Gods and enter into Washington.