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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 10, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Start: Twin Lakes
End: Timberline Lodge
Daily Distance: 9.52
Trip Distance: 247.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 449
Journal Visits: 15,024
Guestbook Views: 1,900
Guestbook Entrys: 43

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Barlow Road

Chapter 19 - Timberline Lodge

Tough night last night listening to the two guys and girl screaming out loud and playing music until all hours of the night (drugs? alcohol?). I used my ear plugs to tune them out but Jingle Bell had to listen to them for hours. It was also a warm night so ended up kicking the sleeping bag off a few times.

As we were packing up, the dad of the four kids came over to see if we had a surplus of hot chocolate for his kids. It was the one item they forgot and the kids were most looking forward to. Alas, Jingle Bell had just used her last packet. On that note we headed for the trail back to the PCT.

The first 7 miles were an easy up and down enjoyable hike. The last 2 miles or so wasn't as fun. We arrived at Hwy 35 thrilled to be at Barlow Pass. Took the required photo and zipped across the highway. Resumed hiking and soon we could hear music playing. It was like at a rock concert. Puzzled, we continued on thinking that there must be a party at the campground just below the Lodge. We arrived at the treeline where the wind had picked up big time and was swirling the sand everywhere. Whew, hiking steep hills in deep sand with sand smacking your face is not very fun. It seemed to take forever to get to Timberline Lodge. We could see van loads of people and white tents set up so now we knew something was going on. Found out that it was the Hood to Coast race and they were sending out teams every 30 minutes. Since we were so smelly and dirty from our big hillclimb, we hit the public bathroom and did the best we could in cleaning up. Lunch was calling our name (we were pretty sick of peanut butter and tortillas by now) so we found the Blue Ox and had a great lunch. Watched a thru hiker go thru the brunch buffet line three times with heaping plates. My, he must have been hungry!

The afternoon was passing quickly so we checked at the front desk to see if our room was ready. Yep, it was, so we had a proper cleanup with hot water (shower), had a short nap, and waited for Jingle Bell's family to show up with our supply boxes. They arrived right on time; we quickly did a resupply and then all of us went to dinner. Great food!

Heard a forecast that some weather was creeping in so we were glad to be the Lodge tonight!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2009

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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