Total PCT Miles hiked today: 24.7
Sean-o here. Creek frozen this morning.
Five am wake- up call provided by the sound-check crew for today's relay race. We were not amused ... Actually, we were. One of the habits of mind from the hike is finding amusement in difficult circumstances and riffing on it until we're roaring with laughter.
|Looking south from Mt. Hood -- we see Mt. Jefferson and the smudges from the fire.|
|Mt. Jefferson, where we were camped not long ago.|
It helped that there was a magnifico buffet waiting at the lodge.
This was no run-of-the-mill effort. Each dish was unique, the pastries were all fresh-baked, and it was the best fruit I've had on the trail. The OJ was fresh out of the squeezer, too. We've really been thrilled when we encounter a place that puts attention and creativity into what comes out of its kitchen. It must seem like we pay an inordinate amount of attention on food out here, and we do, but that's because our day-in eats are so unremarkable.
We resupplied there (we sent ourselves boxes of food) but it was tough to leave. I did have a chance to talk to me mum, having found out from my Sis that Mom will be going in for a medical procedure on Sept 4. By all accounts, it's a minor bit of repair to her ticker, but it still knocked me off my emotional pins for a bit. She was very clear that she was fine and not to worry and go out and finish up "our big adventure." That's the plan, but I won't be hiking easy next Tues till I hear she's doing okay. I plan to get back to Wisconsin for a visit ASAP in October.
On we went through the subalpine landscape of this magnificent volcano. Though someplaces in the Cascades are starting the autumn turn, all across Hood the summer wildflowers are showy as can be.
Our campsite for the night was off the volcano to the north, on a windy ridge facing the next volcanoes: Mt Adams and Mt St Helen's. They are across the Columbia Gorge, in the State of Washington. Wow. Almost there.
Clouds that scuffed across Hood yesterday are still around today. Moist Pacific air.
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