August 13, Tuesday. Great evening last night! Night two of Taylors’ trail magic 🙂 Joan and Rob and Kathy Kelley invited me over to Kathy’s cabin in Lake of the woods for dinner, sleepover and breakfast! And a ride back to the trail this morning. So awesome! Lucky enough for me, mile 1769, Dead Indian Canyon Memorial Hwy, where they could easily pick me up, was at my 22 mile mark, so I didn’t get too much off schedule 🙂
It was well worth it. Spending time with Joan and Rob and getting to meet Kathy was amazing and a great piece to add to my trail adventure. Kathy’s place was right on the lake with a great view of Mt McLaughlin, a big Oregon volcano. And the cabin was small, cute, rustic and equipped with a brand new, fancy bathroom with a sauna! Kathy is a great lady. She is almost 90, and probably one of the sharpest, strongest older people I’ve ever met. She’s in the shape of a 60 year old, probably better, both mentally and physically. She even served me fresh squeezed OJ! So good! Joan cooked a fabulous dinner of beef pot roast, Yukon gold potatoes, and fresh steamed veggies – AYCE! So good! I was well fed and wine and cheese and crackers 🙂 Doesn’t get much better than that.
And of course we talked and laughed and shared stories of the PCT (Kathy has hiked all of Oregon) [actually most of California too]. I even got a shower and clean clothes. What a wonderful evening . Joan and Rob are just great people and so glad I have had the chance to get to know them, THANK YOU!
So, for today: I got on trail at 8:15 am and it was nice and cool. Very easy first ten miles and my first encounter with the lava rock! Red path lined with grayish/ purple lava rocks. So pretty! And a magnificent view of my first Oregon volcano, Mt McLaughlin. Passed two people, one guy named John a “drunk PCT hiker,” another very quiet, slow guy. Also passed three south bounders, one named “Smooth” who was very nice. Lunch at Hwy 140, got to talk to Frazier, nice creek. Feet hurt kind of bad for the rest of day and felt like they were swelling up big time. I think the shoes are either too small, or just not the right toe for me 😦 But can’t do anything about it until Bend, where there is an REI, and even then it’s like throwing away $100. So, I’m not sure what to do. My feet haven’t hurt like this since the beginning 😦 No fun!
Only 25 miles today, mile 1769 – 1794. Mosquitoes are back! At campsite 😦 Not too bad, thought. Bag finally lighter. Lost a sock I was using as shoulder pad 😦