Sunday, August 24, 2014

Made it to Washington!

After a long four months we finally made it to the bridge of the gods which marks the Oregon/Washington border. Oregon was filled with fires, rain, and beautiful views. My favorites being Crater Lake, the Obsidian Wilderness, Mount Jefferaon, Mount Hood, Three Fingered Jack and Tunnel Falls. 

You can't really see them in the background but from left to right you could see Mt. St Helens, Mt. Rainer, and Mt. Adams. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crater Lake and half way through Oregon

Sorry about the lack of posts through Oregon. It's been a great state so far and has lived up to all the hype of basically being flat compared to the other two. 

We hiked around the rim of Crater Lake a few days ago and it was one of those spots where you stop every half mile to take in the view. 

The past three days we've had constant rain with thunder and lightning mixed in. With the brief moments of sun I managed to get my stuff dried out. And tomorrow the weather is suppose to get better. 

Highest point other than the watchman tower around Crater Lake. 

Wildflowers in the burn area

Rain rain and more rain

Tomorrow we will hit mile 2000. I'm stoked!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oregon to Crater Lake

After hiking more than three months through the state of California we were 37 miles short of the Oregon border. Turns out that much of the west coast went up in flames around te same time, including much of Northern California and Southern Oregon. We were stuck in a tough place deciding wether to risk it and hike past the fire that was a few miles east of the trail or hitch the 65 miles to Ashland missing the long anticipated border. After hours of going over the same two options we played it safe and went around. 

Most people went around the trail closures missing anywhere from 65-500 miles. Needless to say Ashland was packed with hikers. There's another fire scare around mile 1800 that we'll be running into tomorrow. Hopefully it's a calm day and we can get past it quickly. 

I'll try to update this on fire news when I can. If everything goes well we should be done with Oregon around the 20th. It's also where I'm planning on attempting a 40 mile day. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Less than 100 from Oregon

After a few forest fires, extremely hot weather and a hail storm we made it into Etna, CA. We're 92 miles from Oregon and about to be counting down the miles from 1000. The pace has still been fast, hiking somewhere between 25 and 30 miles per day. It's been enjoyable though. Minus the sore legs and feet every morning. 

From a ridge we got to watch the fire crews put out the fires that were all around us. 

Our next stop is Ashland and I can't begin to explain how excited I am to finally be out of California. With less than two months to go, the end is in sight. The hike has been amazing but it's frightening to think about the trail coming to an end.