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Begins: Mar 26, 2014
Date: Wed, Sep 24th, 2014
Start: Mile 1506
End: Mile 2660
Trip Distance: 152.0
Entry Visits: 1,197
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Jill and Marce at the Northern Terminus of the PCT
Well, first off, an apology for not making any entries since July 24th. Holy smokes, that was 2 whole months and 2 whole states ago!
But things just started moving so fast that we just didn't have the time to journal while on the trail, so here is a recap:
1. We missed most of the fires in Northern California, but did miss about 95 miles of trail from Etna Summit to the OR / CA border due to a combination of injury (Jill was nursing shin splints) and threatening fires. We chose to skip ahead and were glad we did because within 2 days of our decision, that section of trail was closed. Which means we would have been right in the middle of it when the fires shut it down.
2. Oregon was amazing! And flat! And beautiful! And flat! We rocked through Oregon, actually putting together a string of 30+ mile days. We loved seeing Crater Lake, the Mount Jefferson wilderness, and of course, Mount Hood!
3. Washington was hard! And beautiful! And hard! Woo, we got a little schooled by our home state and slowed down a bit, but we didn't mind because what a treasure this state is! If the weather hadn't turned (and if we weren't missing our dog or thinking about getting jobs), we would have turned south at the Canadian border and hiked right back down to Bridge of the Gods. That is how beautiful Washington is!
4. We officially finished on September 19th, two days after Jill turned 49. Yay and yay!!
5. While we were at Mount Hood, our very good friends Julie and Gladys came to Timberline just to see us! While there, they filmed a little gear review, which I promised many, many posts ago. So here it is:
Without a doubt, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was the most amazing, difficult, rewarding and life changing thing I (Jill) have ever done and I have zero regrets!!
Now get out there and hike!
Port and Starboard