25: Bend, 2000 Marker, Timberline Lodge

OREGON - September 1-7

Oregon has been fantastic! We've had great weather for the most part and it's been unbelievably beautiful! So many different and unique types of terrain as well, from lush forest to miles of lava fields to sandy mountain climbs. 

 hiking through the lava fields

hiking through the lava fields

 More shots of the lava feilds. These were pretty rough on the feet and shoe treads, good thing I have a new shoes coming soon!

More shots of the lava feilds. These were pretty rough on the feet and shoe treads, good thing I have a new shoes coming soon!

One of the resupply locations at this point on the trail was a youth camp. This place was awesome! They had a special PCT Hiker building on the property too. Not only that but we were welcomed to dinner and breakfast with the crew there and we're even given one of the bunk houses to stay in due to the overnight rain showers. A truly incredible place, so glad I stopped by to pick up my package and new shoes!

 old shoes vs. new shoes, hopefully my last pair!

old shoes vs. new shoes, hopefully my last pair!

 a beautiful manzanita, bummed I won't be seeing these for much longer.

a beautiful manzanita, bummed I won't be seeing these for much longer.

A quick side trip to Bend, to visit some of the 40ish breweries they have in town. We didn't have time to visit them all but after a valiant effort for the task at hand, we were happy to head back to the trail a little more hydrated (or dehydrated) then before. 

 one of the most famous, Deschutes Brewery

one of the most famous, Deschutes Brewery

 amazing trail magic from Breakaway's parents! Treated us to a wonderful rib dinner in Bend and trail magic back on the PCT:)

amazing trail magic from Breakaway's parents! Treated us to a wonderful rib dinner in Bend and trail magic back on the PCT:)

 selfies galore at the 2000 mile marker. Here's Sheppard taking one for the records!

selfies galore at the 2000 mile marker. Here's Sheppard taking one for the records!

 Mount Jefferson at sunset

Mount Jefferson at sunset

 a beautiful Oregon sunset

a beautiful Oregon sunset

 an eerie day on trail

an eerie day on trail

 Jefferson's getting closer

Jefferson's getting closer

 I wish all water sources where this nice

I wish all water sources where this nice

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 midway through a 44 mile day. Had to stop and get a pic here!

midway through a 44 mile day. Had to stop and get a pic here!

At this point I was consistently keeping up 30ish mile days and feeling great, well, a little tired at the end of the day but free from injury. I'd been wanting to push myself for some time and Oregon just seemed like the perfect place to do it. The state was flat-ish, and was mostly compacted dirt trail- amazing for keeping a rhythmic stride.

 Timberline, at the base of Mt. Hood

Timberline, at the base of Mt. Hood

I rolled in on a rainy morning so was very glad to have a roof over my head, especially one as nice as this one, to wait out the storm. 

 a sure sign that hikers are close by

a sure sign that hikers are close by

A huge thanks to Yoda's family for the wonderful trail magic left for me at the lodge.

Dear Hannibal and the General,

After battling the pouring rain on my way to Timberline Lodge, I was so surprised and excited to find your gift with my resupply box! I was overjoyed to be treated to a hot meal (5 plates at the breakfast buffet to be exact)! I was also able to get a couple beers as well which warmed me up quickly :)

As I'm sure Yoda knows, it's comforting to have a support system outside of the trail rooting for you. In the hard times on the trail, it's those people and memories that pop into my head and keep me going.

As I head into Washington soon, and probably some adverse weather conditions, please know that you all and Yoda will be in my thoughts, pushing me on. 

 the main lobby at Timberline

the main lobby at Timberline

 Finally a clear view of Mt. Hood after it was shrouded in clouds for the past couple days. 

Finally a clear view of Mt. Hood after it was shrouded in clouds for the past couple days. 

 Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

Signing off for now,

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