Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

Day 104: Mt. Ashland Road [mp 1719.49]

I am camped right next to a paved road that goes up to Mt. Ashland ski area. The first car since I have been here just went by, I passed the “headlight test”.

Basically I just wanted to be sure that when a car went by their headlights would not hit me. Not that I’m worried about someone stopping and messing with me, but it is just better not to be seen. I had to do this all the time in Australia since I was almost always camping in the bush just off the road.

Anyways, I’m in Oregon now! Ended up going into the dark longer than I planned so I only have 7.3 miles to I-5 tomorrow.

Was on the trail around 6:30am. Had a really rough night due to the Bear Creek Salt Dish with beans. All through the night I would wake up with my throat on fire and my kidneys feeling like they were going to buckle. I would drink a tiny bit of water and it felt so incredibly refreshing. I ran out of water around 4:00am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I threatened to wake up and my body decided to go back to sleep.

After being on the trail a few miles I passed this abandoned shack that was leaning almost at a 45 degree angle. Someone had put poles to prop it up and cables (pulled up) on the back to keep it from falling further. I took a bunch of photos inside it anyways.

A cow came up the road to see what I was doing. He/she did a couple laps around the house, then over to a trash pile near an outhouse. It went through the trash, then left and went back on down the road.

Leaving California on the PCT isn’t exactly lackluster. Were there purple mountain majesties, lush meadows of flowers, complete with creeks full of fish? No, leaving California you are treated to the sight of cows in the forest. All the grass is mowed down and they have shit in all the creeks. Hey, it is your public land after all, heaven forbid it gets “wasted”.

I did find a gushing spring shooting straight out of the hill so I figured that one was safe. Around a corner were a whole herd of cows laying next to the trail in the shade. I went to take a photo of cow #132 but it looked a little sick and one eyeball was all fogged up. I would suggest avoiding eating cow #132 from Northern California…but how would you ever know right?

Got to the border and spent awhile taking photos. It looked like some trees had blown down since 1996. The mileage for Oregon is still 40 miles greater than what it actually is.

I picked up my pack to take some photos with it and couldn’t believe how much lighter it was. Without my clock cardboard, tripod, camera batteries…luxury items; my pack must have been about ten pounds lighter.

I crossed mile 1700 and later stopped at Sheep Camp Spring for a bit and made lunch. Later on it started to get more smoky in the air. Eventually I could barely see 1/4 of a mile.

Another hour or so later I felt an incredible pain on my leg, I had gotten stung by a bee. I never saw the bee but remembered what it felt like.

I had cell service sporadically so I texted my friend Travis and he did a google search for me as to how far away the fire is. Apparently there are a few, but this one is north of Ashland.

There was a campground a little off the trail over the hill. I started walking towards it, decided it was too far, then just hiked into the darkness. It was kind of hard to see due to all the smoke, so I took the fog lamp approach from cars. I took my headlamp off and held it down by my knees. Suddenly I could see the trail again.

Found a spot right before the Mt. Ashland road and made camp. Only seven miles to Callahan’s Restaurant tomorrow where I have a resupply box.

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6:10am
New Day Rising again
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6:24am
Bear Creek Foods: If the gas does not kill you, the salt probably will.

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6:45am
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7:01am
Looks like there might have been a sign here about 20 years ago

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7:02am
Yay, more cows near a spring I need water from
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7:16am
Thankfully unpolluted spring

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7:17am
This is where the spring started
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7:43am

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8:22am
I like how this fallen log contoured the road
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8:45am
More sign vandalism

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9:01am
Five roads and two trails all intersect at this junction.
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More "lets get drunk and shoot up public resources, then complain about taxes"
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I love how this tree peeled itself
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9:36am
The last creek crossing in California, with cows as a bonus.

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9:38am
And you had to watch wear you step
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9:39am
PCT cows

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9:41am
All colors of the rainbow
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9:58am
It is amazing this thing is still standing

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10:07am

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A cow is coming to say hello

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10:11am
The stairs were in fact "creaky"

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10:11am
The cow watched me through the window
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10:17am
Cow eating trash

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10:20am
I installed a wind machine to blow the curtains just like that
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10:42am
OREGON!

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10:42am
A friend of a friend is the guy who came up with these stickers.
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10:46am
I like the entries Texas Poo puts in the registers
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11:04am
The distance to WA is actually about 40 miles shorter

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11:42am
This is what Oregon looks like

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11:46am
First road crossing in Oregon...about 1/4 mile from the border
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12:14pm
The impromptu 1700 mile marker I made

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12:47pm
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12:58pm

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1:05pm
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1:11pm
Found a pill on the trail

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1:12pm
So I put it next to a marker indicating that Rick is Gay
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1:27pm

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1:30pm
Had lunch here
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3:13pm
RIP headphones

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3:36pm
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5:05pm

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Smoke is blowing this way
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5:09pm

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5:48pm

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6:20pm
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6:27pm

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7:08pm
Getting really smoky now
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7:18pm

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7:32pm
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7:37pm

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8:01pm
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9:07pm
More late night spring filling

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9:26pm
And night hiking
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9:48pm
The smoky air shows up better on my other camera