From Big Lake Youth Camp to Timberline Lodge (Mile 2107)

 

*Update 4 of 5*

Sometime during the night we began being serenaded by the steady fall of rain on our tent. It didn’t abate by morning, so we took our time packing up and enjoying the shelter provided by the porch at Big Lake Youth Camp. Eventually it became clear that the weather wasn’t going to let up, so it was time to gear up and head out. Not long into the day, we ran into a thru-hiker from last year doing amazing trail magic at Santiam Pass. He cooked up a pulled pork burrito for Edwin and a bean one for me as well as stuffing us full of sodas, chips, and whiskey … you know, on account of the cold weather.  :) We lingered there longer than we meant to – it is really hard to tear yourself away from shelter (and food and good company) when the weather is awful. We had short bursts of clear skies at a few points during the day, but for the most part it stayed wet and freezing cold all day long. I wanted little more than just to pitch the tent and hope for better weather the next day but there were miles we had to make so forward we marched.

 

Though the next day had been forecast to be rainy and the clouds hung dark and gloomy above us all day, there was no rain. We had just enough sunshine to dry some gear out and had an awesome day of hiking around Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Oregon continued to amaze us. Between the fresh berries lining the trails, ridiculously beautiful mountain vistas, and even the unpredictable but powerful weather, there is little not to love about this state. Highlights of this section included Ollalie Lake (not only because of the hot coffee at the store that had us RUNNING in there first thing in the morning, but that certainly helped), Little Crater Lake (a tiny lake just off the PCT with the most amazingly crystal clear cold blue water – if you ever get a chance to check out either Crater Lake or Little Crater Lake, you’re crazy not to take it), and amazing views of Mt. Hood (Oregon’s tallest mountain).

 

And then there was Timberline Lodge itself. More specifically, the breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge. The lodge is a beautiful old building that was declared a National Historic Landmark by FDR. The breakfast buffet is a ridiculously delicious assortment of everything a thru-hiker could possibly want to eat, and we ate it all. There was a group of about eight of us all there at the same time, and though we all smelled terribly after having been in the rain for days, the employees at the lodge could not have been more gracious and welcoming to us. They encouraged us to stay in the dining room for as long as we wanted, eating as much food as we could handle and staying out of the rain that was once again pouring outside. At $15 per person, the breakfast buffet was one of the best deals we’ve encountered along the trail, not to mention the most delicious. We’d heard that the lunch buffet was even more amazing and we were super tempted to stay and find out for ourselves, but we were in a rush to make it to our next stop by the next evening so out we went, looking longingly at the tables of food they were setting up as we walked out the door into the drizzle.

Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance.

Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance all decked out in his rain gear.

Trail magic at Santiam Pass! Did us a world of good.

Trail magic at Santiam Pass! Did us a world of good.

I wouldn't even have known there was a lake here if Edwin hadn't stopped. Walking through clouds like gorillas in the mist.

I wouldn’t even have known there was a lake here if Edwin hadn’t stopped. Walking through clouds like gorillas in the mist.

Stormy days make for some awesome skies.

Stormy days make for some awesome skies.

Fresh huckleberries for our breakfast cereal! Oregon is rad.

Fresh huckleberries for our breakfast cereal! Oregon is rad.

Pushups. Because sometimes hiking 30 miles a day just isn't enough.

Pushups. Because sometimes hiking 30 miles a day just isn’t enough.

Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson

Hippie love.

Hippie love.

Ollalie Lake and the ridiculously awesome view of Mt. Jefferson. I was super sad to have to leave this place so quickly.

Ollalie Lake and the ridiculously awesome view of Mt. Jefferson. I was super sad to have to leave this place so quickly.

You down with PCT? Yeah, you know me.

You down with PCT? Yeah, you know me.

Little Crater Lake. Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it.

Little Crater Lake. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it.

Mt. Hood!

Mt. Hood!

Pull-ups. Showoff.

Pull-ups. Showoff.

Vertical planks to keep things interesting.

Vertical planks to keep things interesting.

Whaaaat? 550 to go? That's it?

Whaaaat? 550 to go? That’s it?

Timberline Lodge from afar.

Timberline Lodge from afar.

 

3 comments on “From Big Lake Youth Camp to Timberline Lodge (Mile 2107)

  1. You must be eating too much. Push-ups, planks, pull-ups! Seriously! Good job though. I couldn’t walk a mile in your shoes! Tight hugs.

  2. Glad to see that you two have enough energy to supplement your hike with some additional physical workouts. You two are animals. I can’t imagine doing push-ups, pull-ups, and planks on a good day, not even one where you already walked 20 to 30 miles. Both of you are in excellent condition.

  3. You two are absolutely amazing! So glad you are getting to experience all the beauty and bounty has to offer. You guys are getting to enjoy more of Oregon than most Oregonians probably do.

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