Day 111, 34.5 miles
My days are long. At night, in my tent, I go through my photos. Was that only today? My photos from the morning seem ages ago. I don’t recognize myself in these photos. It looks like my head has been put on someone else’s body. It seems surreal to look at the miles I am doing. The amount of calories I am consuming. I think around 4,000-6,000 a day. Sometimes this all seems surreal.
I tried to talk to Mudgut this morning. We were both up early. He is not a chatty fella. Or maybe he isn’t a morning person. I didn’t get how he got his name. Maybe I’ll just make something up.
I was hiking by 6:20. Seems to be my start time. The first 3 hours were spectacular. Around Mount Jefferson and through Jefferson Park. Soooo beautiful. Over a pass around 9:30am, my first view of Mount Hood. Here we come! The rest of the day was fast miles through forest.
Search and Rescue are out. A 21 year old hiker, Riley, is missing. I past by his parked car. My thoughts are with him and his family.
Saw my first owl on the pct. It swooped across the trail to a tree branch. Then flew away before I could get a good photo. I got water from Trooper Spring. Probably the most questionable water I’ve consumed.
Camped at Warm Creek. It’s water is cold. A baby bird sat beside me on the wood bridge while I filtered water.