How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
~Winnie the Pooh
Above Lost Lake to Cascade Locks
As I was getting in my tent last night, Sadie, a Southbound hiker came up the trail and asked to pitch in the campsite. Of course I said, “Yes!” It was fun talking with another hiker, hearing about her trek through Washington and trading food and gear favorites. She is a pretty amazing lady and I am hoping she contacts me for assistance when she is passing through Tehachapi. It has been fun offering my info to south-bounders as I have been hiking north.
For my last day on trail, I planned an early start to catch the sunrise and have the time to enjoy the Eagle Creek PCT alternate that goes through the famous Tunnel Falls. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.
The last 25 miles of Oregon was mostly downhill in deep, green woods along Eagle Creek. Because this is a popular area outside of Portland, there were many day hikers. On top of that, the temps were in the 90’s, so it was the perfect day for the gorge. Watching all the hikers kept me very entertained all day.
At Tunnel Falls the trail is cut directly behind the falls. It is dramatic and not for those that are uncomfortable with heights.
The last few days have been hot and humid, so today I took the time to take a couple dips in the pools of the river. Cool and refreshing….
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River into Washington on the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks, Oregon. I have looked forward to the walk for a few years.
As I reached the bridge, wind picked up. As I crossed, the bridge swayed and cars whizzed by. It was more than I had expected. So guess what? I of course had to cross it again.
Tonight I am at Drop n’ Roll’s in Portland preparing for my Amtrak ride home. She has been the perfect trail angel and friend. Thank you Drop n’ Roll!
Readers, I want to thank you for your words and thoughts of support, positive vibes and encouragement along this summer’s journeys. I can’t express the amount of appreciation and gratitude I have for your comments and well wishes.
I am done with this particular leg of the PCT, but be sure I had lots of alone time hiking the last couple weeks to come up with a very long list of upcoming hikes.
Cheers to all of you and your summer.
One step at a time.
And all is good.