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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
Begins: May 14, 2008
Date: Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 2,151.0
Entry Visits: 473
Journal Visits: 75,825
Guestbook Views: 18,638
Guestbook Entrys: 87
Glad we didn't send a box here..
Today was a nicer day - a little cloudy in the morning, but it cleared by 10. We entered Mt Hood Wilderness at the top of a ridge that had a fantastic view - Mt Hood looked all huge and snowcapped. You were supposed to be able to see as far as Mt. St Helens, but we couldn't find that. Many of the streams have turned all milky and glacial looking, so you can't drink from them. We had one possibly dangerous river cossing in the morning; Yogi's book made it sound all scary. But when we got there, the snow bridge was still thick enough to cross with no problem - so not scary at all! Jefferson Park (which we hiked through in the afternoon) was just unreasonably beautiful. We didn't see any, but the guidebook says that Giant Pacific Salamanders live in the area - NEAT!
We arrived at Olallie Lake Resort in the evening, we had just intended to pick up some snacks at the store, but arrived to find that the store never even olened this summer. The resort was completely closed. Some other hikers, who were camping with their resupply team, gave us a couple of beers for Brent and some watermelon, which was much appreciated. We're pretty sure that Brent saw a wolf on the way out of Olallie too! I didn't see it, because I was behind, and it was running away before I knew what I was looking for. But that's definitely the most elusive wildlife sighting of the trip so far. Very exciting!
Camped with Snow Kittens and Gazell at Judas Lake tonight. They are going to try to cover 50 miles tomorrow; we all went to bed early.
Pacific Crest Trail - 2008
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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