Day 113, 17.5 miles
Mount Hood National Forest
I had a great time today. This morning I sat with a fun bunch of Southbounders. They all started near the Canadian border a month ago and hope to reach Mexico in November. I enjoyed their excitement and enthusiasm.
The Breakfast buffet did not disappoint. After breakfast I stayed inside the warm lodge and caught up with the blog and emails. I had left my tent up during this time. I started to worry it would blow away or get damaged in my absence. There is a strong, cold wind that kept me awake last night and hadn’t let up. It looks stormy too. I returned to the treed area and my tent was still standing, flapping in the wind.
I packed up carefully, not to lose anything to the wind, and hiked away with all my layers on including my rain gear. It warmed up as I hiked to lower elevations. It was after 2 when I left, so I wasn’t expecting to get far. A young Aussie hiker, Sam, caught up to me and we hiked together. I have met him a few times before. We had some great conversations about good books, authors, podcasts and so on. Time flew by and we had hiked 17.5 miles. Much farther than I thought. I had a great day today.
We are camped beside a creek on a slope. There are no level tent sites. The only flatish spot I could find was right on the trail!