Mile 1773.2 to 1799.3 for 26.1 !!! miles plus ~1 extra for a wrong turn at a junction. Elevation gain of 3941 ft and loss of 2137 ft. We were hiking at 7:30am and into camp at 7:30pm. At the campground I struck up a conversation with young mother about directions and distance to the highway. She (Rebecca) offered to drive us back to the trail! saving us 2+ miles of uphill hiking to regain the PCT. The trail’s tread was in good shape but many logs across the trail impeded our progress. One notable log required me to perform a “belly roll” combined with a big pull from Jerry to get over it. Water was scarce today with our first source at 12 miles barely flowing and the second source being at camp. Camp was at an elevation of 6758 ft near a seasonal stream 1.5 miles south of the seven lakes trail junction. Skies were smokey and worsened as the the day progressed. We were hiking through timber most of the day until the last few miles when it opened up and became a pleasant ridge walk. We are noticing the days getting shorter, huckleberry bushes changing color and fireweed in bloom which indicates Falls approach. Dinner was by headlamp and just as we were finishing, Jerry accidentally dumped his into the dead middle of the tent. Much like a strike in bowling, he was able to douse both inflatable pads, the clothing we were wearing among a plethora of other miscellaneous items. Since leaving Ashland we’re seeing an increasing numerous of SOBO (southbound) hikers who left Canada around the first of July. We met “ass-less chaps” from Vancouver Island. His hiker name describes the remaining threads which were once a pair of shorts. We also met his hiking partner “Grubs” who is also from Vancouver Island in British Columbia.