Location- Milk Creek
Distance Traveled Today- 30.5 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 2025.1 miles
Weather/Temp- scattered clouds 70s 80
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- at ease
Days without shower- 2
I got a late start around 8 am, but was still confident in pulling a big day, despite the large climbs ahead. I’ll be honest, despite the gorgeous views I had, this day felt like it dragged on forever. The miles ticked by like molasses. On the bright side, I crossed the 2,000 mile mark of the PCT, bringing my long distance hiking career to over 4,000 miles.
Around 80% of the day was spent walking through burnt out forest, which is about as depressing as it gets out here for me. However, I can’t complain too much, because those burnt out trees afforded me some spectacular views.
I’d have to say the only noteworthy thing that happened to me today, was a bee flying into my shirt while I was taking a break, then stinging me on the side of my back. I was even able to pull out the stinger and take a picture of it.
I met some southbound hunters carrying bows towards the end of the day, and was able to chat them up for a while about hunting and fishing in the area, as well as back in my hometown. That was all the human interaction I had today.
My goal was to make it over 30 miles to a creek called Milk Creek. It would be the first running water I’ve seen in almost a hundred miles. It’s been nothing but ponds and lakes for most of Oregon, which is a real drag for me since I don’t have a filter right now. I’ve just been straining the water through a bandanna. Not purifying it, but de-texturizing it, which makes me feel a little better. I haven’t turned green…yet.
My deadline to meet my mystery guest is just around the corner, and the daily miles I have to put in to reach cascade locks on time are still very manageable.
It’s already beginning to get dark earlier. When it used to be light out until 9:15 pm, it’s now getting nearly completely dark by 8:30ish. Despite my best efforts, I arrived at Milk Creek in the dark. It’s actually quite a large, fast flowing, very noisy creek, and I have my sleeping pad set up on the rocks right next to it. The sound of rushing water will drown out all other nighttime noises this evening.
Tomorrow I’d like to shoot for another 30+, then another. We’ll see what the trail has in store for me.