Day 109 Big lake youth camp



The storm hit about midnight, rain lashing down but I was snuggly and warm in my bag in my tent

Then the wind came the tent was being whipped about but I lay there fairly comfortable   and safe, then I thought mm I hadn’t fastened the fly onto the tent.
I don’t normal bother as  the clips are usually sufficient but as I lay there I began to worry. So at 2 am I got up and clipped them on. Bashed the stakes in further just to be safe and back to bed  and fell asleep listening to the  wind howling  until I fell asleep.
I had planned to get up early but when the alarm went off at 5.30am .but  thought naw   and reset it for six. When that went off I just   dozed. I was so tired I decided to eat breakfast in my tent a first for me and make tea.

As I was drinking it, hikers began to swarm by, bugger I thought I ought to get moving

Hendricks came past followed by Freedom then Shredder who I hadn’t seen since Chester,  soon followed by  half and half , then snake bite. It was getting busy out there so I threw my stuff in my pack and headed out.  Timberline passed me and stopped for a chat , ” Snail how did you get in front last time I saw you were packing up at 4.30″

I got second wind I laughed and pushed on i said , see you up the trail  maybe  the camp .

I set off up the trail , water wasn’t far, I began to climb and met several day hikers going South, and then I passed another beautiful waterfall. My guide said follow the stream back to where it is a spring or rather the source . It wasn’t far and soon I was filling up my water. A huge dog  then appeared he was lovely and so soft, soon his  owners Gail & Sid appeared  we chatted for a while they were from bend a town several miles away. I said I was going there tomorrow to get a few bits. Gail then asked if I had anywhere to stay?

No I replied, she then wrote down her phone number and told me to call when I was done then gave me two sticks of cheese  (YUMMY)

I thanked them then hiked on I began to climb up a huge lava flow that seemed to go on forever. I then met more day hikers to chat too, before dragging myself away

Snow more snow I hadn’t seen snow in a while and it was a little surprising as I crossed from lava flow to another the had to climb down a small snow field.

Then I was in some amazing meadows again, the landscape changes so quickly, I was climbing again to the backdrop of huge mountains sadly I’m not sure what they all are but they are impressive. Then I m dropping down more snow and again more gorgeous meadows and valleys

In the distance stand another three large mountains 1 is Mount Washington and I believe 1 is mount hood but im not sure which.

Now an even bigger lava flow and this one is tough. Tough on your feet and on your shoes and slow as I need to concentrate. It seems to go on and on
I hate this terrain but it is the PCT some that I have done before they have put a layer of gravel over making it kinder for your feet but not here.

AT last a road but then more lava. The trail hen drops down into a small trail head

Fantastic there is a familiar face sat there. It’s Coppertone and he immediate gets up and makes me a root beer float which I quickly dispose of followed by a soda and two bananas

I could sit here for hours but I need to get to the youth camp resupply and get out so hesitantly I get ready to leave, what’s the trail like I ask?

Another two miles of lava snail, then 4 miles of burn

Great I replied and headed out. Yes more lava and sadly up. My favorite combination. But wow as I climbed the views again where stunning.
Then it was more rumblings f thunder Perfect I said to myself bet I get wet this time

Crash went the thunder and a few drops of rain began to fall. I quickly stopped put on my rain jacket then my packs rain jacket then whoosh

Rain fell huge drops.  Really heavy raindrops   and now I was in the burn area and nowhere to shelter I was soaked almost immediately I trudged on   as I had to get somewhere. The rain continued then for more fun it began to hail bloody big hail that hurt. Bloody fantastic I muttered to myself as slogged on and then for even more punishment I had log jumping, climbing etc.

Now in the dry this can be tricky but in torrential rain and hail it’s just not fun. I pressed on …at last a glimmer of sun. My rain jacket is great but when your hauling a heavy pack in it you sweat so I soaked inside. …Oh well

Now  the suns  out  with all its  heat  and  im sweating like a Donkey   but don’t want to stop  I want to press on .I can do this

Eventually I needed a break and removed my jacket. Slurped down lemonade before moving off I reckoned I had 3 miles to do .So I set off with beer legs I was shifting before running into 6 weekend hikers. Then I was off but id lost momentum and was now plodding. But then I got to the 2000 miles marker Bloody hell fantastic I said o myself and the beer legs appeared again and I was off at last the camp.

I made my way to reception to register for my package.

Well what an amazing camp it called Big Lake youth camp. And has many Chalets for hikers. Campers kids etc to stay in for weekends and longer   with large, mess hall etc

I got my resupply and hen he lady let me buy 2 sodas   I then walked to the hikers hut and was amazed to see the usual suspects There was Shredder, Juicy, Timberline, Crusher and several others I didn’t know.
I tried to sort out my food but it was all rushed.

We were allowed to camp but on the outskirts f the camp which when your tired seemed miles away. I was hungry and needed a hot drink but I was too tired so put my tent up and fell in it






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