To Be Alone – Day 98: Harris State Park to California border

July 28 Energizer and Dexter leave early. I don’t sit around too long, but then I realize I need to pay for my campsite so I can slackpack and leave my tent, but the ranger doesn’t show up until 8:30. I don’t want to wait that long, so I ask a biker who is awakeContinue reading “To Be Alone – Day 98: Harris State Park to California border”

The Long Road Home

The next morning we wake early to catch a bus to Medford. From there, Energizer Bunny and Mermaid head off to Ashland to continue hiking on the PCT. Dexter and I are headed to Portland – Dexter to head home, and me to take some time to figure out what I want to do next.Continue reading “The Long Road Home”

Of My Own Making – Day 97: China Beach to Harris State Park

July 27 We don’t get washed away by high tide, which is good, so we get walking. I am not feeling it this morning. My body is still saying no to the PCT and I few confused about what I’m supposed to do. I’m running scenarios through my head, paying attention to the feeling inContinue reading “Of My Own Making – Day 97: China Beach to Harris State Park”

The Difference Between Lead and Light – Day 96: Indian Creek Campground to China Beach

July 26 We eat breakfast at the campground’s cafe. We walk into town and we resupply. We catch a shuttle to Cape Sebastian. It’s almost over, I’m telling myself. We’ll catch a bus and then I’ll get back on the PCT. And that’s when I feel a lump of lead in my gut. What..? MyContinue reading “The Difference Between Lead and Light – Day 96: Indian Creek Campground to China Beach”

Heartache, Anger and Walking – Day 95: Humbug Mountain State Park to Indian Creek Campground

July 25 In the morning at breakfast Dexter tells me they have found the body of the missing hiker in the Sierra. Rika. Strawberry. I didn’t hike with her. Four people I did hike with were the last people reported to have seen her. The news makes me sad and circular in a way IContinue reading “Heartache, Anger and Walking – Day 95: Humbug Mountain State Park to Indian Creek Campground”

Rocky Point Puzzle – Day 94: Cape Blanco to Humbug Mountain State Park

July 24 I don’t feel like getting up early so I stay at camp and read my book. It’s nice to not be rushing, to not have a particular timeline, to be by myself. I pack my things around 9 and see Sonia get out of her tent. She says I’m welcome to join herContinue reading “Rocky Point Puzzle – Day 94: Cape Blanco to Humbug Mountain State Park”

Impatient for Low Tide – Day 93: BLM Campsite South of Bandon to Cape Blanco State Park

July 23 I wake up and write a long, picture-filled description of where the elusive BLM camp is located, and then Dexter, who wakes early and gets walking texts me: uh, we were in the wrong place. I quickly edit my post and take photos of the real camp. Hopefully that helps. The sign forContinue reading “Impatient for Low Tide – Day 93: BLM Campsite South of Bandon to Cape Blanco State Park”

Generous And Mistaken Strangers – Day 92: Bullards Beach State Park to BLM Campsite South of Bandon 

July 22 We’re supposed to wake up at 7am but I am not feeling it. I tell Energizer Bunny and Dexter not to wait for me but we still end up leaving around the same time. I stop by an Ace Hardware/RadioShack combo store, which I’ve never seen before, and get a plug, a cordContinue reading “Generous And Mistaken Strangers – Day 92: Bullards Beach State Park to BLM Campsite South of Bandon “

Tired of Short Days – Day 91: Sunset Bay State Park to Bullards Beach State Park

July 21 It’s almost my three month anniversary of being out here. Holy cow. We leave camp and it’s a road walk, but not the freeway, which is good. We’re walking the road because Dexter doesn’t want to hike 4 miles, which the trail says it is, and the road is only 2. This isContinue reading “Tired of Short Days – Day 91: Sunset Bay State Park to Bullards Beach State Park”

A Lucky Hitch – Day 90: Siuslaw Campground and Marina to Sunset Bay State Park

July 20 It’s raining when I wake up – I’ve slept in and have finally caught up on sleep. I like waking up to rain, especially when I don’t have anywhere I need to hurry to be. I get up, go pee, grab my notebook and my book and decide to go to breakfast. DexterContinue reading “A Lucky Hitch – Day 90: Siuslaw Campground and Marina to Sunset Bay State Park”