In conclusion, we planned it. And then we kicked ass doing it! Enjoy my blog....
August 12, 2016 - Friday
It was a somewhat early morning flight on Friday, August 12th from O'Hare airport to Medford, OR. Once I got through security I immediately located the nearest Starbucks and ordered me a 16 oz. caramel latte. Time was approaching for us to board the flight. Look at the line of people waiting to board. Serious people? What's the hurry for you to get on the plane? You're in group 4 boarding, the last boarding group. And you all have assigned seats! Sit down. Relax...
Myself, Joanne in the middle, and Crista. United!
The girls made Joanne a yummy oatmeal mix with coconut milk.
A few of the meals we made: coffee, chili w/beans, oatmeal...
AND THE EXPEDITION BEGINS....August 13, 2016 - Saturday
I could listen to this for a very long time. So peaceful!
|Crater Lake. Blue waters and blue skies. Yes. That's a fanny pack. Don't judge! :-D|
Here we are! Dig the shirts!
Kyle took a picture of our packs to show the bulkiness and weight of them. The total weight came to, HEAVY!
Battle scar. OUCH!
Meet the lovely P.K. and her diabetic alert dog Ripley. She's enjoying her retirement doing something that she loves to do. What a life!!
The two girls said we inspired them to try the PCT. I hope they get to one day. I will email them this picture and the link to this blog so they can read about our expedtion. Good luck ladies!
We wanted to get a picture of everyone we met on the trails who seemed interested in what we were doing. This is Jose and Crista.
Us and Half Fast.
Here is my exhausted self signing Half Fast's flag. It was worn and tattered but to him, it had so much meaning. We were proud to sign his flag.
I enlarged this picture specifically so you can see our autographs on Half Fast's flag.
The gang! Joanne, me, Zoey, Crista, Chris, and One Foot.
Here we are the next morning feeling refreshed and feeling good to start our hike.
The angels were painting the sky as the sun went down over Mt. Hood.
Our campsite right outside Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge.
This is the rocky path that led us up to our campsite from Timberline Lodge.
August 16, 2016 - Tuesday
I got up fairly early, like 5:30am-ish to catch the sunrise over Mt. Hood. I did it! I got a good picture of it. I took a few shots and a panoramic of it. Once I started heading back one of the guys who threw their sleeping bag on the ground the night before asked if I got some good shots and I sat and showed him the shots.
This is the best shot of the sunrise over the trees by Timberline Lodge.
The hot breakfast buffet was wonderful!
They had a great assortment of continental type breakfast items and plenty of fresh fruit.
I fixed myself a small glass of mixed berry smoothie at the end.
Check out the food on my plate. I wasn't playing around! LOL!
Here we are with the ski lifts in the back.
Joanne and Crista fill out their permits. We each had to have one.
And here is mine completely filled out.
Joanne leads the way.
Perty aint it!
Joanne cools the burning sensation she had been feeling since being
Crista's gettin fresh water to filter so we can refill our camelpaks.
I loved watching and hearing the water flow.
It always felt good to take off our hiking boots and put our flip-flops/sandals on.
Here is our filter system after fetching some water from the river.
Chris and Zoe made it over the man-made bridge of a plank of wood and twigs
We had to do some leaping and bounding over small bodies of water.
This must've been before hitting the trail again because I guarantee you
The rocky trail we were about to head onto.
This is it! You can see the trail winding up and up and UP!
You can see how narrow the trail was. This was the biggest
I wore the most comfortable clothes I could possibly wear!
Crista's ready to roll!
Morning selfie! I did pretty damn good taking selfies with
Crista snapped this shot of myself and Joanne crossing Sandy River
Resting time. Although we were just about there to the parking lot
Here is the SECOND time we had to cross Sandy River.
Ramona Falls. So, so pretty!
We asked a kind young lady to take our pictures. She took
Joanne insisted on a Ramona Falls 'Sammy Selfie.' :-)
All Good Things Must Come to an End...
It got cool out as we were waiting for Kat in the parking lot.
My look of relief when we made it to Kat's.
Our wonderful Jason joined us for our victory dinner.
We did it ladies! We DID IT!!
Kat and I shared a lemony tart dessert. YUM-O!
Victory Toast! Cling!