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BassBoneBob
City: Grand Rapids
State: Michigan
Country: USA
Begins: May 23, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 20th, 2018
Start: Campsite at Lower Twin Lake near mile 2088
End: Campsite at mile 2102
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 393.3
Hours Hiked: 7
Entry Lat: 45.23974549
Entry Lng: -121.67931386

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 121
Journal Visits: 7,108
Guestbook Views: 71
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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Day 29 - Mt Hood, Timberline Lodge, and a Fond Farewell

Wednesday June 20
Before retiring for the evening we all made a pact to get up at 5 a.m. get
packed up quick and hit the trail by 6 a.m. We almost made it, departing at
6:19 a.m. It was a half mile back to the PCT on a gradual uphill walk, of
course, but a good way to warm up your legs and your hunger in anticipation
of the famous Timberline breakfast, or lunch buffet, 9 miles away at the
base of the Mount Hood Ski Area. By the time we got to the trail junction I
was ready to shed my chilly hiking clothes and go right to shorts and a
loose fitting shirt for the climb ahead. The trail was wide, smooth, and
well trodden by many day hikers and weekend hikers, and stayed in a typical
Oregon conifer forest with diffused light filtered by the trees, keeping
Mount Hood very well hidden, and kept our focus on hiking and conversation.

By now Hayley had fully integrated into our group and we would miss her the
rest of the way... it will be sad to say goodbye. Her friendly, positive
energy and passionate love of hiking and the outdoors was an inspiration to
us all. Hayley works in the Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Advocacy
film industry based in Telluride, Colorado. She helps select film entries
for a big Memorial Day film festival in Telluride and in other festival
locations around the country.
Through her work, Haley has met many famous and influential leaders in the
adventure film industry including Cheryl Strayed, author of the book
"Wild." I especially liked how Emily and her interacted and shared
conversation. Whether she realized it or not, Haley was a great role model
for Emily... a confident woman about 10 years older than her who loves her
job, deeply cares about the environment, laughs a lot, and is a lover of
life!

The longer we climbed the hungrier we became and we didn't appear to be
getting any closer to the lodge. We rejoiced and took a group selfie when
we finally broke free of the tree cover and saw how close we were to the
majestic Mt Hood. However, our enthusiasm was tempered when the trail
turned to loose sand, making it more strenuous. It reminded Emily and I of
the struggle to walk up the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes back in
Michigan! Mt Hood was looming larger with each step and we could now see
the famous lodge whose exterior was used in the Steven King thriller "The
Shining." We would miss the breakfast buffet, but the wait for the lunch
gave us time to look around, clean up a bit, and let our craving appetite
fester even further. We were there when the doors opened and completely
succumbed to the power of the food... conversation ceased and we ate!

... and then we rested. We sat around for a few more hours on the
overstuffed sofas in the lounge reminiscing with Hayley our good times and
great memories together. When her ride showed up we said our final goodbyes
and moved our thoughts back to the trail.

There were several other PCT hikers hanging around and one of them named
Crimson thru-hiked last year in 2017. We had never met, but discovered that
we had hiked with several of the same people, specifically my friend Dennis
"Seeker" who we both knew well! Up until then I had only introduced myself
as Bob, but when I told him my trail name BassBoneBob his face lit up as he
exclaimed "YOU ARE BASSBONEBOB?!!! ...my new found fame made me blush, but
I enjoyed the attention! We also met a northbound hiker named Brian,
"WeatherMan" who left ahead of us by 30 minutes.

Now back to a trio, we finally left the comfy lodge at 5 p.m. intending to
get to a campsite about 5 miles down the trail. To be expected, we crossed
numerous snow mounds and a couple active ski runs... yes, the chairlifts
were going and there were people skiing! The trail was working it's way
west around Mt Hood, away from the ski area, but the snowpack continued off
and on to what would became our stealth camp, on a bare spot between two
streams and surrounded by snow, with just enough room for two tents. It
wasn't ideal, but it would work! None of us needed to eat dinner, so at
7:30 p.m. we called it a day. It was yet another eclectic day on the PCT
with vigorous hiking, great views, gorging on good food, fond farewells,
meeting new friends, more hiking, and a restful night surrounded by the
good feng shui of rushing water... feeding the soul and renewing the spirit.

For more pictures and videos go to my Instagram page: @bassbonehiker

*(COUNTER-clockwise. Valid values: 90, 180, 270)*

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Pacific Crest Trail 2018

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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