PCT Day 74... Mount Jefferson

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SUPPORT NEEDED: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deployed for 2 Shootings in 24 Hours

For the past couple of months, I’ve been hiking the PCT to raise money for K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries. An immediate need for comfort has arisen in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas after the recent shootings.

My grandfather, Rev. Dr. Heimer Karl, and my uncle, Rev. Stephen Heimer, are collaborating with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to respond to the tragedy in El Paso. From my home church in Austin, TX, Rev. Martin Danner with Bethany Lutheran Church is assisting the deploying arrangements for this area.
I ask you to support the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries Travel Expense Fund.


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Soon after I went to bed, a gust of wind blew out one of my tent stakes that was in the sand. I could have restaked it, but I did not feel like it, so just packed up my tent and cowboy camped for the rest of the night. The price I paid was when I woke up, my sleeping bag and gear was soaked with dew. I packed up my gear wet for the first time in a very long time. 

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The day was spent hiking through mostly burned or dead forest. It was pretty hot until around 2 pm when the afternoon clouds came out and cooled the temperature way down. 

Ten miles in, I crossed a highway and on the other side, I came across some trail magic of iced cold drinks - I had a root beer. I saw few other hikers today, most of them being weekend hikers. 

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I stopped to eat lunch and to dry out my sleeping bag in Sisters. I had bought a block of extra sharp white cheddar along with some pepperoni. I found that I really did not like white cheddar, but I ate it. Better as fuel for hiking than weight in the pack.

Towards the end of the day, I could see Mt. Jefferson - a very impressive mountain shrouded in clouds.

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I set up camp around 6:50 and had to contend with a few thousand mosquitoes. I put my rain pants on and bug head net so they could not get to me. I had dinner on a good sized rock near my tent looking out at Mt. Jefferson. Soon after getting in my tent, I heard two others set up camp nearby. If there were not so many bugs, I would have got out and said hello, but if I did I would run the risk of being carried away.

Tent site to tent site

Miles Hiked: 32.6

Location: Latitude: 44.61636; Longitude: -121.81720

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