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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Daily Distance: 17.4
Trip Distance: 267.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 70
Journal Visits: 3,532
Guestbook Views: 48
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Thunderstorm!

Hat Rim 2

My oh my, this was quite the adventurous day. We had decided to take our bivys and were snuggled in for the night and then at midnight I saw some flashes in the distance. I thought something was wrong with my eyes. I woke up every hour to check for stars. Thunder started in and by 4:30am, it was going off! Big cracks of thunder and lightning strikes (not super close to us, thank goodness). We hurried to pack up and then huge rain drops started. I deployed my umbrella and finished packing. We waited a bit and finally hit the trail at 5:15am. The sunrise was beautiful, especially framed with thunderstorms on each side. The positive aspect is that it really cooled the air temps and was enjoyable to hike. We stopped at noon and waited for pickup from Dave. On the way down we saw a huge snake on the road. A Mojave Green Snake.

Dave returned us to the trail at 5:15pm. We waved goodbye and then noticed fire trucks, wildfire helicopter, and spotter planes going back and forth. Obviously a fire had started from the lightning storm somewhere. We finally started to descend off the Hat Rim and suddenly ran into a fire hose lying on the ground. We could see where the lightning bolt struck the tree and the fire it started at the base. Wow. Then we ran into Greg, a forester who worked in fire for the forest service. He filled us in on the fire activity from the lightning storm. Lots of mini fires were started. It was getting dark so we moved on to find a campsite. It took a couple of miles but we found an abandoned road, set up tents, and hit the sack.

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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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