The swamp creature in the photo is Midas. He decided that he, in fact, did know how to swim after all.
Sorry for the lack of updates. When we got to Sisters, OR we took a look at the weather and decided that Sisters was a good place to end our hike. It was tempting to just power through the last 200 miles or so to Crater Lake regardless of a cold rainy forecast just to say we finished, but in the end we decided that we didn’t want to end with a forced march of misery. We’d rather finish on a positive note and just come back and hike this section another year. It is bittersweet to finish after six months of hiking, but Sisters was a beautiful place to end, and generally we are ready to return to ‘the real world’. We are thankful to have made it 2400 miles or so without any major problems and we are appreciative to the many people that helped us. Cheers!
We hiked through some burn zones, past Three Fingered Jack, and down into the town of Sisters.
On our way out of Olallie Lake we saw our first elk who seemed to know it was hunting season. We walked passed Mount Jefferson and camped on a ridge with a great view of the other side of Mount Jefferson.
We camped at Olallie Lake with great views of Mount Jefferson.
More fall colors and walking through dense forest. We camped at a nice (closed) Forest Service campground. We passed a 100 mile trail run.
Our second day out of Timberline. We were able to see Mount Hood and had nice fall colors most of the day.
Heading into Timberline Lodge today to collect our resupply. The weather waited to turn rainy and cold until we packed up our tent in the morning. We passed a couple of washed out river valleys and some pretty waterfalls. We are happy to be drying out and warming up in Timberline before we head out into the rain this evening. Next stop – Sisters!
Mostly good weather our second day out of Cascade Locks. The hiking was mostly through a forested river valley. Once we climbed out of the valley, we should have been able to see Mount Hood but the clouds were a bit too low for a clear view.
First day out of Cascade Locks heading south. We saw some very large salmon in a shallow river. We also passed a few waterfalls including Tunnel Falls. It is called Tunnel Falls because you walk behind the falls through a tunnel to get to the other side.