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City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 18th, 2009
Start: Elk Lake Resort
End: Lava Camp Lake
Daily Distance: 30.1
Trip Distance: 877.8

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Oregon Day 11

I am writing this from the cozy confines of the Sisters Inn in Sisters, Oregon. It's so nice to be able to type on a real computer! This entry is late because my phone died, once again, about 2/3 into day 11. It only takes a jolt of electricity to bring it back, but electric sockets are few and far between in the woods.

Anyway, got started at 7 and made sure to stretch good before leaving. I camped overnight in the Elk Lake resort campground. I started walking very slow today to protect my achilles/calf. I don't know if it was the slow initial pace, or the stretching or maybe it was nothing yesterday, because today my achilles/calf felt great.

Today was the best day of the trip, with the exception of perhaps the Crater Lake day. The Three Sisters wilderness was very impressive. After only an hour or so, the vistas really opened up. The sisters are massive snow covered volcanoes. I can't wait to post the photos. I certainly took enough of them. There was a really nice waterfall today, Obsidian Falls, which had nice cold water (no need to even treat). I saw lots of weekend hikers today though no thrus.

The last several hours of hiking were quite strenuous because it was almost entirely over lava rocks. Not the ground up variety but big chunks of lava. It made for very tiring hiking. But the scenery, and hopefully the pictures, were spectacular. I wound up at the camp ground at Lava Camp Lake. I pulled in after dark, around 8:30. My initially slow pace, and the slow trodding over the lava rocks made for a slow, long day.

And lastly, the mosquitoes finally seem to have let up. There were many fewer today and hence many fewer bites. Yeah!!!

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