Raindrops Falling On My Head

We woke to the sound of raindrops hitting the tarp above our tent. Both of us were immediately thankful we had taken the time to set it up the night before. We were also not exactly stoked to get out of our tent and start the hike into Stehekin. It was only twelve miles but […]

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Slack Packing

Slack packing has been a blur. We are up early to either start hiking out of camp or to be driven somewhere up a ways to start hiking back towards camp, and then we hike as quickly as we can to get back to camp at a decent time. This part of Oregon that we […]

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Gummy Bear

The next day we hiked around the Three Sisters through crumbly volcanic rock to Elk Lake Resort to meet my mom. My Saint of a mother had come to Oregon to slack pack us. Now for those of you who don’t know, slack packing is when someone takes all of the things you carry on […]

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Lava 

Our time in Salem was positively splendid and I have that feeling that I often have on trail, when someone has shown us an unmeasurable act of kindness, that the kindness of humanity really knows no bounds. It is a welcome feeling after working in a restaurant for yet another season and wondering if everyone […]

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Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack 

Our complaint about Oregon was that it had been boring, which is kind of a spoiled thing to say considering one of those days was spent walking past Mount Hood. A couple of views of Mount Hood aside we had mostly just seen a lot of trees. How we accomplished the AT without ripping our […]

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Chekhov’s Gun 

The next morning we woke up early, determined to get into the Timberline Lodge right in time for breakfast. The terrain was a little bit more difficult than we had expected though and even with the help of a podcast. Running a little late we made it into breakfast, walking past people dressed in their […]

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Into Oregon We Go

The great Ben Gaye Debocale of 2016 took place in Cascade Locks on our zero day. Kyle and I, sore and exhausted after our ten days out in Washington had been planning an exchange of massages, focused mostly on the back, legs and feet. We had gotten it in our heads that using Ben Gaye […]

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Living in a Cloud

We woke up to rain on the tent and on our tarp. We were able to take down the tent while leaving up the tarp, eating breakfast in its rainshadow. It rained on and off for the rest of the day, clouds racing by over head, some of them darker and heavier than others. The […]

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Happy Birthday To Me

The next morning I woke up a whole year older. Funny how you age all year, slowly and steadily, one day at a time but suddenly, after enough days, we decide to say we have aged a year. Looking out my side of the tent was a warm orange sunrise. The sky seemed to change […]

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