PCT Day 78... Feeling Blessed

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My goal was to get to the border of Washington and Oregon as quickly as possible.  I was to meet up with two people my Dad works with who live near the Pacific Crest Trail at Hood River.

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It was another beautiful day of hiking as the trail continued to follow the ridge towards the Columbia River. It was kind of hazy due to some smoke blowing down from a fire in Washington, somewhere in the distance. Initially, I was going to fill up water at a spring less than a mile from camp, but I walked right past without seeing it.  I also missed the next water source and ended up hiking 10 miles with less than a half liter of water. Thankfully, it was cool and I made sure not to miss the third water source, Wahtum Lake. After filling up. I climbed up to get back to the top of the hill and hiked on a nearly flat stretch along the ridge before beginning the descent toward town.

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It was a steep downhill hike to the Columbia River Valley and I was very glad to be going down the trail and not up.

I arrived at the road at 2:30 pm and called Jon, who was going to come and pick me up. After calling, I sat down and waited. A lady came over and without saying anything, she gave me an apple and some crackers which I very much appreciated.  Jon picked me up at 3:00 and took me to his house where I showered and did some laundry. He had a scale and I took the chance to weigh myself.  I started out the trail at 175 lbs. I now weigh 154 lbs. So that was something.  I don’t have much more to lose, so hopefully I stay about the same weight for the rest of the summer. Jon had to run and meet some friends, so I sat on his back porch and relaxed with his dog Duke hanging out with me.

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After Jon came back, we walked to meet up with the others for dinner. When we got there, I met David and his wife, Sunny.

Man! What a dinner! We had great food and great company! David insisted that I get more than one thing so he could tell my dad that he had bought me a few meals. I happily complied. Getting a salad, chicken wings, and the steak special with a side of fries, cobbler for dessert, and when we finished, a hamburger to go.  This is the best eating that I have had on the entire PTC!

Jon's fiancé joined us after she finished traveling for business. She works as an airlines pilot. We talked and ate till almost 9 pm. Afterwards, I went home with David and Sunny to stay at their house for the night. David’s house is probably one of the coolest houses I have ever seen. I stayed on the ground floor. They had a sauna and a nice bath tub, so before hitting the sack, I sat in the sauna and then took a soak in the bath. It was about 10:30 before I got to bed.

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Tent site to Hood River

Miles Hiked: 25.8

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