July 31, 2014 - August 4, 2014
Start: Halfmile 2155.0
End: Halfmile 2155.0
Cumulative: 2,195.0 Mi
Surprisingly little to write about, actually. I’ve been super-lazy this week. Today marks my fifth straight zero – FIVE! That’s so long, it almost makes me a section hiker. Almost.
My time in Portland has been marked by the following: driving (yes, a car!), showers, red box movies, date night, ice water, Starbucks, puppy cuddling, quality time with Cassie, visiting Nate Baim, a day hike to Tunnel Falls (yes, another trip – it’s that good!), and so much more. I’m ready to get back on the trail, but I keep finding excuses to stay “just one more night.” I was gonna head out yesterday, but Mountain Goat was in Cascade Locks and had some errands to run in Portland, so we picked her up and let her crash here last night. I was gonna head out with her today but have instead decided to spend another night here and head out wicked-early tomorrow morning. Why? No, why not! We’ll leave here around 230a, and I’ll be on the trail an hour later. There’s no rush, except that Cassie has to be to work in the city by 445a. I don’t wanna wait until tomorrow afternoon, or I might never leave. It’s tomorrow, and it’s early. No excuses.
I heard about an alternate out of the Gorge that saves a lot of “needless” elevation gain and loss as well as 19 trail miles. The caveat? It’s a road walk. I just did a road walk. I’d rather be on the trail. And for me it’s one thing if an alternate is cooler, but that’s not the case here. If I wanted a shorter, easier trip, I could walk roads the whole way and save over a thousand miles as well as a hundred times that many feet in elevation gain/loss. The “needless” and the “extra,” that’s the trail. I love the trail. Nothing against the folks doing the alternate. Hike your own hike and all that. And honestly, I might feel differently on a different day. But today, this one just isn’t for me. Besides, I could use the warm up before I hit the Northern Cascades. This is gonna be a tough stretch, especially considering the 5 days of food in my pack and the extra pounds I put on here in Portland. Starting tomorrow, I’m not in Oregon anymore. It’s about to get real. No one said the trail would be easy. If it were, everyone would do it. And we’d all finish.