26: Eagle Creek, Portland, Bridge of the Gods

OREGON / WASHINGTON - September 8-11

One of the really cool features of the PCT is that it's not as strict as the AT, in that there are many different alternates you can take along the way. For example, one of the alternates takes you to Crater Lake, a gem I wouldn't dream of missing and I'm not sure why the official pedestrian PCT doesn't go by. Another was on this section of trail, the Eagle Creek alt. It took me by some of the most beautiful trail I'd seen, around a moss covered landscape and spectacular waterfalls.

 the further north we go, the more moss that appears.  

the further north we go, the more moss that appears.  

 a rock face seeping water

a rock face seeping water

 tunnel falls

tunnel falls

From Cascade Locks, Breakaway, Sheppard, Flyby and I went to Portland on a slightly spur of the moment quick excursion. Here are some pics from the big trip to the city!

 good eats in portland

good eats in portland

 st. John's bridge, markets and good food galore!

st. John's bridge, markets and good food galore!

After returning to Cascade Locks, I got some amazing trail magic from the Colby's and DeCanti's! The Colby's were up in the Pacific Northwest this summer and left me a resupply box fit for a queen! Tons of food and everything I could need for a spa day!!! And if that wasn't enough they both chipped in and got me a hotel room for the night! I can't say thank you enough- it was a perfect few days where I was able to recharge by batteries before crossing into THE FINAL STATE! Although it's boasted as "the conveyor belt state", Oregon was a though bit. As the days are getting shorter, the miles are getting longer as the race is on to get to Canada before the cold rolls in. The hotel and care box was an incredible surprise! I miss you all! Hope everyone is kicking butt at the gym :) 

 view from my hotel room. The destiny view room- bridge of the gods

view from my hotel room. The destiny view room- bridge of the gods

  my friends are the best! They know i love Birthday Pie!!! Thank you Sprinkles, Home grown, S'Rocket and Blue!

my friends are the best! They know i love Birthday Pie!!! Thank you Sprinkles, Home grown, S'Rocket and Blue!

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 Everything a Thru-Hiker could ever want!

Everything a Thru-Hiker could ever want!

Crossing Bridge of the Gods into Washington!

 there's no sidewalk, don't think the cars were too happy.

there's no sidewalk, don't think the cars were too happy.

 WASHINGTON 

WASHINGTON 

talk soon, 

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