Hike Distance: 6.0 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 821.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 852 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 99641 feet
I got out late due to physical therapy on my back and having to deal with Comcast on my internet lines! The physical therapy was very good and I’m hopeful of getting some great exercises to increase the strength of my core. I think this will help with knee stabilization because of the leg lifts in my shoes.
There’s a really creepy guy in a horrible car that is parked at the Whipple Creek parking area. Kind of creeps me out to leave my vehicle behind, and I wonder whether or not there’s going to be a smash and grab. I took down his license plate and all the other information, without being obvious, but I certainly can’t imply that he would do anything if I didn’t see it.
I’m abandoning my PCT 500-mile permit because of the high snow that is all along the central Cascades of Oregon. I really don’t have snow skills and wouldn’t be prepared. It pains me to no end giving up the permit but I just picked too early of a date for the PCT this year, given this is a very high snow year! That said, I’m still going to backpack from Ashland to Crater Lake later in the summer. Hopefully this will get rid of any snow issues as well as any mosquito issues. Seems to me that either way I’m so screwed but that’s just the way it is. 😦 I don’t need a permit for the Ashland to Crater Lake section because there’s nothing I’m passing through that requires one. This at least will give me a little time on the trail and maybe get it out of my system until next year? I might also backpack through Three Sisters and Mt. Washington Wildernesses, which also don’t need a permit, at least this year. Next year the Central Oregon permit system will be a ClusterF—!
I will still be doing a lot of hiking during the summer and in fact, my son wants to go backpacking with me, so that will be a good experience! We still have two vacations planned this summer and they should be wonderful ones. What’s even more exciting is next year we have scheduled a vacation to Yellowstone National Park and that’s always a thrill. 🙂