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Day 158 - 9/3/18

September 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 2166.2 to 2187.1 for 20.9 miles with an elevation increase of 5528 and decrease of 4222. We were hiking at 7:00 and into camp at 6:00; beside Forrest Road 68 at an elevation of 2784. Hard to believe we are at such a low elevation given the amount of elevation gain we have hiked in the past two days. We woke to overcast skies that did not clear until about 10:00. Temperatures were quite cool until the sun appeared. The many banana slugs on the trail appeared to enjoy the cool, moist soil. Just before Panther Creek a large herd of elk crossed in front of us. As many as 100 with 3 bulls in the group. One of the bulls kept an eye on us until we passed. He seemed to be letting us know all the females were his. Panther Creek was the last water for 13.5 miles. It was 3:00 and we had only hiked 16 miles. Therefore, we loaded up with water and climbed uphill another 2200 feet and dry camped. It was nice to see some forest areas replanted. One replanted section was done by a Boy Scout troop from Washougal, WA in 1981. We saw our first old growth forest after Panther Creek. It was a tough day for Jerry and a hard day in general. We bought additional oatmeal in Cascade Locks so we could have double breakfasts which helped us so will that more often. Jerry describes our big tent as a palace. Minutes after getting into camp another hiker showed up. Some people have no social skills! This hiker proceeded to sit a few feet from our tent with all of his crotch hanging out. It was disgusting. After eating he set up his tent in another site about 30 feet away. Before he sat down Jerry tried to interact with him when he arrived, but he only mumbled I might not camp here.  

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