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Day 153 - 8/29/18

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Mile 2096.9 to 2111.4 for 14.5 miles with an elevation gain of 2693 feet and loss of 4404 feet. Camped at the Top Spur trail junction; elevation of 4338. Hiking at 10:40 and into camp at 6:15. After a great all you can eat breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge we packed up and Jerry got some additional snacks because he snacked from the resupply box last night. There were at least 30 PCT hikers at the buffet. We were very satiated after two big meals at the lodge so didn’t eat much today and were impressed with how strong we were with full bellies. It took a few minutes to relocate the PCT because there are many boot paths around the lodge. Once located the trail was spectacular. We alternated between big timber and high ridges and had our first distant views of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. We also looked at Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood. It was fun to look down on Ski Bowl one of my son Shawn’s favorite places to snowboard when he lived in WA. I kept getting sidetracked with all the huckleberries and had to run to keep up with Jerry. We opted to take the Ramona Falls alternate (originally the PCT, but not safe for horses) and were so glad that we did. Both the trail and Falls were stunning. Prior to Ramona Falls we crossed the Sandy River which was mostly boulder hopping with the exception of one log about six inches in diameter and 15 feet long that we needed to walk. Water was rushing under it and our trekking poles fully extended barely helped us as we leaned forward on the log to stabilize ourselves. It took several minutes after the crossing to relocate the trail as there were cairns everywhere! We have now hiked the last big hill in Oregon. After filling our water bottles at a creek Jerry carried an additional 2.5 liters up the last 800 feet and 1.3 miles for a dry camp. We were surprised at the number of NOBO hikers on trail today. We noticed that mile marker 2100 was appropriately made out of moss rather than the usual pine cones or rocks. Milkshake, Jam and Squeeze camped next to us for the night.  

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