Continuing the Pacific Crest Trail in 2008

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Camp Day 32 *Update*

Monday, Sep 01, 2008 07:31 PM

Lat: 45.5573

Long: -121.8268

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Well I would not call today "miserable", but it wasn't super great either. Everybody (day hikers) that passed us yesterday told us that the weather would clear today. It finally started to clear at about 5:00 pm, after we were pretty much done hiking.

It was mostly foggy. We hiked along a crest and every once in a while we would get a peak at the valleys below and the mountians surrounding them. If the fog was gone we would have had great views and it would have felt like the PCT of previous years. However, we did a few magnificent, if not short views. The first was in the morning where all the suddent the fog and clouds parted just enough to see a hugh, towering Mt. Hood, with lots of new snow. It was so big and tall, it seemed completely out of place. Like someone painted a gigantic picture where the sky should have been.

The other view was late in the afternood, right at the end of our hike. We were in a clear section on the creast, and the weather mostly cleared. We could easily see Mt. Saint Hellens.

We hiked to a real campsite with fire rings and picnic tables. A spring too. With the weather clearing and little chance of rain tonight, and the real likelyhood of finishing Oregon tomorrow, our sprits are pretty high. The only problem is our stuff is still wet, and its cold. Because of the rain and fog, we haven't done as many miles in the last two days to make an easy day tomorrow. But we should still be able to reach Washington.

So, this might be my last night on the trail. Its hard for me to actually believe that I might be done for the year. On the other hand, Weslay and Ken both want to continue. If they do, it is likely that I will too.

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