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Day 147 - 8/23/18

August 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 1982.6 to 2000.9 for 18.3 miles plus .5 miles to get back to the trail from our camp and 1.6 miles in and out of Big Lake Youth Camp. We were hiking at 6:50 and to Santiam Pass at 5pm. We woke to very smokey skies that seemed to worsen throughout the day. This was the first day I had headaches from the smoke. We hiked the 12.5 mile dry stretch to Big Lake Youth Camp where we understood we could eat, shower, do laundry and camp. We also were picking up a resupply box. The first thing we saw was a sign on the door that camping would not be allowed. There were 20-30 hikers doing laundry in the one machine and showering in the two showers. We had hoped to have a shorter day, get cleaned up and update the blog. Then we could camp and get back on trail mid-morning the following day. We were just in time for lunch which was what was leftover from their cabin guests. It was tasty and we were grateful, but the veggie wrap in no way filled Jerry’s belly. After dividing our resupply box we got back on trail and were hiking toward the first water source a “large pond” four miles away. Earlier at Mackenzie Pass Jerry had me take a picture of a sign with trail angels contact info for giving rides. When I got a cell signal we decided to call to get a ride to Sisters for the night. A night off trail would be an attitude adjustment for both of us. “Cool Snacks” picked us up and drove us to town where we had steak dinners and got a motel room. The trail today was walking on lava beds and through old burns. Hiking through the lava beds was slow going as was the ash/sand in the burn areas. When we got to the highway we could barely make out the silhouette of Mt Jefferson because of the smoke. Many hikers are getting off trail permanently due to the smoke. It is discouraging, but we are continuing on for now.  

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