Mile 1952.6 to 1966.5 for 13.9 miles plus the 1.2 miles back to the trail that were not on the PCT. Elevation gain of 2554 and loss of 1353. We started hiking at 11:00 and got into camp at 5:30. Camp is by a pond at an elevation of 6464 and beneath the saddle between the South and Middle Sisters. After sleeping in a bit, discussing our next few resupplies with Fawn and getting breakfast at the cafe that did not open until 10:00 we were on our way. The morning skies were more smokey than yesterday. Rumor is that a tossed cigarette started a local fire. We made a strategic decision to limit our miles today for the following reasons. 1. Our first “zero” after leaving Ashland is likely to be at Timberline or Cascade Locks (WA/OR border). 2. Given our options for water which were a. Carry from where we are camped and do a dry camp. b. Hike another 8 miles and get past the restricted access area (Obsidian Limited Entry Area). 3. Knowing that making a few easier days will benefit us mentally and physically since it may be 428 miles between “zeroes” for us. There were many NOBO hikers on the trail today. More than we have seen on one day in a long time. We ran into Loner and Milkshake again. We had not seen them since before S. Lake Tahoe. We also hiked with Squeeze and Jam for awhile and met another “Milkshake”. The trail was good as we traveled through big timber and a couple of burns. We also had some smokey views of the south and middle Sisters peaks. Jerry’s foot/ankle did better as did my knees. One thing that is hard on us is listening to the bravado from some of the hikers. Sometimes you see certain hikers over and over and their bravado does not mesh with the reality that we see. In particular, when we know that miles of the trail have been skipped but they act as though they have hiked every mile. The trail is hard and everyone is hiking their own hike the way they want. We wish people were more honest. No one really cares if another hiker chooses to do something other than a purist journey on this trail. The bravado undermines the hard work of those hikers doing all the miles. I guess just like in life some people are honest about their accomplishments and others are not.