Hello from the trail!
Where to begin? 4 days and 40 miles in and it’s already been harder, easier, and more wonderful than I imagined!
Prehike Wrap Up
Entering Oregon through the Columbia River Gorge we were greeted by rainbows and sunshine, a good omen as we stopped at Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks to check out the PCT for the first time. We then spent a few lovely days unloading our car and visiting friends and family.
Friday we flew into Orange County to visit my brother and sister-in-law. They gave us a wonderful send off- a sunset dinner by the ocean and a champagne toast.
Terry dropped us off at the trailhead around 9 am on Sunday and we hit the trail, after we waited our turn for a photo at the monument.
It was a hot one! With a late start we were hiking in the heat of the day. I got a little dehydrated and my Irish body learned some valuable lessons about being in the sun all day.
And I got my trail name: Comet, because I puked my lunch up like I was riding a vomit comet at the county fair. I like the name; it’s unique and humbling. But I’m no stranger to the puke and rally, way back to high school track days.
A tough first day, but we managed 10.6 miles and found a nice spot to pitch a tent barely off the trail.
Another day in the desert and a 7 am start found us at Lake Morena, after 8.8 miles. We covered that by midday and I enjoyed a nap under a tree and rested my newly blistered feet. I have blisters in places I didn’t even know you could get blisters, but it’s all part of the process of toughening up my feet.
Our big miles day! Up at 5, hit the trail by 6 and covered 10 miles by noon, enjoyed a cooler morning under a little cloud cover. Pulled in 7.5 more miles after a water refill stop, totaling 17.5 for the day! Camped by a small creek at 6,000 feet elevation for a chilly night but cozy in our down sleeping bags.
Only 4 miles to a nice breakfast at Mt. Laguna Tavern and a feet -resting day, laundry in the tub, and showers at Mt. Laguna Lodge.
That’s about all I’ve got energy to write for now. Meeting lots of really nice people along the way and a big shoutout to Mt. Laguna Outfitters for providing lots of great tips for our packs, and new pants for me, since I’d already split a hole in the old ones I brought with me.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for, pictures!
Over and out,
April 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm
just wanted to let you know that I will be reading all that you write, but realize there may be times you are too tired. I am so thrilled to be able to “follow” you. quite interesting already. you two take care and enjoy every moment.
April 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Thanks Aunt Tammy! Glad to have you along for the ride!
April 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm
I suppose Comet is even more appropriate, other than the unfortunate lunch episode, as you are out where you must have a fantastic view of the Lyrid meteors this week, remnants of Comet Thatcher. That is, if you pry your eyes open before the sun comes up and the birds start chirping. Pictures much appreciated. Sympathy for your feet. You will be even more lean and mean soon. Chuck and Patty are living vicariously through your adventure.
April 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm
Thanks Chuck! I’ll be on the look out during midnight pee breaks. Jason saw a shooting star last night
April 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm
Was there a penguin in every picture?
April 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm
No, only a few, kinda like Where’s Waldo!
April 22, 2015 at 10:20 pm
April 23, 2015 at 1:14 am
Comet! I like it! I am looking forward to more as you go. I almost picked up a book at Smith Family Books so Amelia could follow you but the internet is great that way. We loved your visit. I look forward to Jason finally arriving with his name. Tell us about Monsieur Penguin! LOL! That is, unless I missed it previously. Be safe. Be well!
April 23, 2015 at 8:06 am