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Begins: Jul 27, 2009
Date: Wed, Aug 19th, 2009
Start: indian springs campground
End: cascade locks
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 309.5
Entry Visits: 525
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On trail by 600. Decided to take the shortcut. I was worried about missing Sam, but decided unless she hiked in last night, I shouldnt miss her.It was a steep 2 mile 2000 foot descent. I did it in 55 minutes. I wrapped my sore ankle with ace wrap this morning, kept shoe from rubbing on it, felt pretty good. It looks like the outline of where I put the duct tape a few days ago-maybe a reaction to the tape?
After the descent it was only 3 more miles to Tunnel falls. Id seen these falls earlier in the year on a day hike with the hiking club.Felt good to be in familiar territory. I occupied my mind trying to figure out where I might meeet Sam at.I was worried she might take a potty break and Id miss her altogether. I finally rounded a corner and there she was at 945.We hiked and talked, she wanted to hear all my stories.Scenery was beautiful.We finally got to the Eagle Creek Trailhead by 1130. Wish Id taken a picture here, but forgot. We did leave my wooden trailmade trekking pole at the TH for someone else to use.Sam had her car, so I slack packed the last 2 miles into Cascade Locks. (she carried my pack in her car, I went packless)
Sam met me at the Charburger. We have lunch there and then headed to find a tent spot. Ill catch the bus in the morning. I end up at the Port Marine Park and find free camping for PCT hikers. Wonderful to camp on grass. Sam offers to show me Skamania Lodge, actoss the river. Its time to celebrate. She buys me a fruity drink, but I still taste the alcohol in it. We sat on the patio enjoying the evening and me... enjoying my accomplishment.Dinner is calling so we head back over the river to CL. This time we eat at the PCT pub, which has pretty much nothing to do with the PCT anymore. Now Im back at the campground. We ran into Iceaxe again. Talked with him for 40 minutes. Hes headed into Hood River tomorrow to visit friends. Bus for me tomorrow at 730 after one more breakfast at the Charburger.
Im glad but sad this adventure is over, my feet are tired.Knees held up great! The sores on my ankle look nasty, but will heal now that I can clean them. Im glad that I came back and finished this. I learned to conquer my fear of nights alone, to plan better my campspots to utilize any human contact. I LOVE the feeling long distance walking does for me.... just cant put it into the right words. 300 miles...done!!!
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