Location- Brown Shelter
Elevation- 5,240 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 31.3 Miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,760.8 miles
Weather/Temp- clear 80s 70s
Pain level- low
Days without shower- 2
Surprisingly, I was so comfortable this morning, I didn’t hit the trail until after 7 am. I had no goals, other than to do more than 30 miles.
For the most part, it was a very mundane day. Not too many views, and the forest was fairly average. One observation I did make, was that Oregon seems to have a ton of blow downs (fallen trees). I would wager there’s just as many trees laying on the forest floor as there is standing, if not more.
I really didn’t push myself hard today, and took several half hour breaks. Water was a little scarce, so I carried a couple extra liters.
Very few hikers on trail in this area, I maybe saw 4 today. Knowing that I took a longer time off in Ashland than most, there should be a good deal of people just ahead of me that I already passed before Ashland. The familiar faces will be nice to see again.
About halfway through the day I decided on where I’d camp. My map showed a shelter just off trail, about 31 miles from where I started this morning. Since shelters on this trail are virtually non existent, I thought I’d pop in to check this one out.
I rolled into the shelter area a little after 7pm. It ended up being stocked with sodas and snacks; welcomed trail magic at the end of a long day. I also had the treat of seeing a Doe with 3 fawns; a new personal record. I’ve only ever seen two fawns at a time. I wonder how rare that is, or if deer will adopt orphans.
I ate dinner, then built a fire in the fire pit and roasted some hard salami. Ahhh, memories from the AT. With the fire burning nicely, I set up my ground sheet and sleeping pads right next to the pit. I’m looking forward to dozing off to the sounds of crackling embers; nothing better.
My only plan for tomorrow is to try and go bigger than today. I’m getting close to Crater Lake, so if I can do a huge day tomorrow, I can do a big day the next, then possibly take advantage of a touristy restaurant in Crater Lake National Park. We’ll see if my plans come to fruition…