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Molly "Murphy" Hock
Begins: Apr 27, 2011
Date: Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Start: Crater Lake
End: Elk Lake
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 107.0
Entry Visits: 995
Journal Visits: 8,270
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Guestbook Entrys: 10
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As you can tell, I am very, very behind on this blog! It became a chore and it takes up quite a bit of time! I am going to try my best to provide a quick recap of Oregon!
It was hard to leave Crater Lake after having such a good time with some fellow thru-hikers, but we managed to do after eating at the breakfast buffet. Tortoise (my dad) was still around, but he was over the whole hiking bit. Lucky us! We slack-packed the Crater Lake Rim in just a couple hours and then all the way to Diamond Lake. My dad picked us up at the trail and highway junction and took us out for the best pizza on trail! We found a campsite and actually showered for the first time in over a week! It was an early night because dad had a long drive ahead of him the next morning.
The hike to Shelter Cove was fairly easy terrain, beautiful scenery and mosquito hell. We were forced to wear long sleeves, long pants and even our head nets all day. We passed many beautiful lakes and swam in as many as possible!
We were greeted by a couple other hikers when we arrived at Shelter Cove a couple days later. They didnt seem to want to socialize, which was quite rare for thru-hikers! We felt a bit awkward and didnt feel like being around negative energy, so we grabbed some snacks and headed to do laundry and shower. They hikers were gone by the time we returned, but we met some awesome forestry workers. We ended up having a couple beers with them and then decided to camp together. We exchanged trail stories, ate dinner and picked a ton of huckleberries.
We only hike about 12 miles the next day, but our goal was only a half day anyway. We camped at another beautiful lake. I wish I could remember the name, but at this point there are simply too many names to remember. Dump said he will help me fill in more specifics later :). As soon as we finished setting up the tent and eating dinner we were sure to jump into the tent. The mosquitoes were even worse! I didnt think it was possible... The only time I have ever experienced mosquitoes like this was at a lake in Minnesota. They were biting through the mosquito nets, swarming our tent and the buzzing began to drive me nuts!
We woke up in the morning to more buzzing and a million mosquitoes sitting on the tent doors... Just waiting to attack! They make it quite hard to get motivated in the morning, which means we didnt actually start hiking until around nine. We hiked hard until lunch... When we thought we would take a nice break, but we were definitely wrong. We were sitting by yet another lake and were eaten alive by the mosquitoes. How can they bite through my loose nylon shirt and bug net? Its not fair! We were up and moving shortly after...
Dark clouds rolled in and we walked up on a nice campsite. We were loosing our minds from the mosquitoes and werent in the mood to get wet, so we set up the tent. We crawled in and were able to relax for the first time all day. We ate in the tent (a big no no) and waited to see what the clouds would bring. They actually cleared up and about an hour later we started moving again. We made it another couple miles to Horseshoe lake. We needed water so we stopped to fill up and even darker, thicker clouds rolled in. We we hanging with Wired and the three of us decided it was best to set up camp before the rain rolled in. Dump and I made a fire to help keep our sanity while eating dinner... The smoke is about the only thing that keeps the bugs away! As soon as we finished eating the rain started and we all crawled in our tents.
We got a decent start the next morning, but my eye was getting pretty bad. It was so big I could sleep on the left side of my face. We debated going into Bend from Elk Lake, but eventually decided against it. My eye could wait a couple more days until we got to highway 26. We did decide to hike the extra mile to Elk Lake for a burger though. We ate with another hiker, Breeze. He told us about his trip, which is a yo yo of Oregon. He was good company and Dump decided to order us bloody marys... So needless to say, we werent hiking out of there. I sent my mom a picture of my eye and she urged me to go to the doctor sooner rather than later so we changed our minds and headed into Bend early. The lovely trail angel in Oregon arranged a ride for us. He was in the hospital for a heart surgery and still managed to help hikers from the hospital bed! What an amazing and dedicated guy! Thank you so much Lloyd! We got dropped off near the REI and headed there so Dump could exchange his boots. While we were looking around I met Tree Hugger who got me in touch with Tradja. The doc was too far away too walk and I didnt want to spend money on a taxi... So Tradja hooked us up with a ride! He then offered us a lift to the pharmacy to fill my prescriptions and even let us stay at his place! Him and his wife, Swipe, are both thru-hikers themselves and know what its like! They cooked us a wonderful Thai stir fry for dinner and we chatted about there upcoming adventure: Burning Man! We had a really great time with them and greatly appreciate everything they did for us!