Daily Archives: July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

Day 106: Hyatt Lake Campground [mp 1750.20]

Around 7:00am this morning a woman walked by our camp. I didn’t want to wake TP or SS so I just waved to her, she waved back. About a minute later she walke up near my tent to the water fountain. She was getting water for her horses. Turns out that the deer I thought I saw last ni ght were actually horses. It was kind of funny that this morning I was reading Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” book and she mentioned her first album, “Horses”.

Didn’t really get moving on the trail until about 8;30am. We hiked a bit, passed Two Hats who was camped off the trail. TP and SS got ahead of me. I turned on the GPS/cell phone to see how many miles I’d gone this morning….and I suddenly had five bars of 4G service. This never happens. Even so much of the wifi in towns is crippled that the cell networks are faster. I just know I had sunlight and a decent cell connection, so you gotta take it when you can get it.

I sat on a rock and spent two solid hours uploading photos to the blog. A deer even came by and ran away during the whole debacle.

Continued along and eventually needed some aural tones so I put on the WTF podcast where Marc is interviewing John Cale. Oddly enough, John Cale produced the first Patti Smith albums that I mentioned above.

Got to the Hyatt Lake road and decided I should just go to the resort, regardless of whatever hiking needed to be done later. There was little traffic so I didn’t even bother trying to hitch. As I rounded the last corner I saw Soulshine walking down the road towards me.

“THE RESTAURANT IS CLOSED!!”, he yelled. It turns out they changed their hours this week and are closed for a few days midweek. Texas Poo showed up a couple minutes later. We all were bummed since hot non-trail food sounded really good. They said the store was open but all they had was beer, chips, and candy bars.

I voted to walk back to the store and get some beer, then camp at the campground near the PCT…write the day off at 13 miles. TP fell and then SS fell for it and we were walking to the store. Hung out there a bit and then started walking back to the campground.

A couple cars passed us and we tried hitching but figured it would be a lost cause. A souped up golf/maintenance cart came down the road and I sarcastically stuck out my thumb. The cart stopped and the guy yelled “HOP ON!”

TP got in the passenger seat. SS and I climbed onto the back with our legs dangling off the back. Boom…we were going about 20-25mph in no time. The guy turned down a gravel road and cut across the dam, it made for a wild ride. He dropped us off at the gate and we walked the remainder to the campground.

The campground and free hot showers and charging stations in the bathroom.

We told random stories at the picnic table while we finished the beer. Since TP and SS are both single, I told them when they got to Crater Lake to look sharp and be personable. At least back in the 1990′s, many of the girls (and guys) that worked at Crater Lake would poach PCT hikers off the trail for a few days, since they were tired of hanging around all the guys/gals they worked with.

Gonna get up early tomorrow and get walking to make up for today’s easy day.

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6:54am
Tent on the left is Texas Poo's the one on the right is SoulShine's?
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6:54am
The spring

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7:01am
She was getting water for her horses, they were riding part of Oregon.
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7:38am

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8:33am
Still smoky
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8:40am
Texas Poo taking a photo

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8:50am
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9:02am

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9:22am
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9:31am

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9:33am
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9:33am

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9:35am
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9:54am
Had five bars of 4G, when this happens you must stop and update blog, even if it takes two hours...cell access is never this good on the trail

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11:58am
Rock on the left is the one I sat on for two hours
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12:10pm

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12:40pm
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12:59pm

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1:22pm
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1:25pm

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1:25pm
I love gates that you can walk around
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2:08pm

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2:10pm
Surprised this tree has not fallen over yet
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2:40pm
Yup, still smoky

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2:57pm
Two paths diverged in a wood and I took neither, that had made all the difference because they were not the PCT.
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3:40pm

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3:46pm
Little Hyatt Reservoir outflow
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3:53pm

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4:14pm
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4:19pm

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4:24pm
Walking the road to the Hyatt Lake restaurant..1.5 mile detour off trail
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4:31pm

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4:37pm
Now that is a trailer
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4:43pm
Soulshine is coming up the road!

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4:49pm
Now we are walking back to the resort and buy beer...then call it a day at 13 miles
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4:55pm
The resort

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4:56pm
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4:56pm
Restaurant closed! They changed their hours this week

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4:58pm
They take resupply boxes too, they did not have many though.

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5:07pm
In car you all need to know the new hours to the Hyatt Lake Resort restaurant.
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5:18pm
Well ok, this is the first time I have ever seen these in a hiker box

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5:29pm
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5:55pm
Having a road beer

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6:00pm
I ended up taking this beer out of his pack
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6:01pm
This guy drove by and I stuck out my thumb. He stopped.

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6:02pm
And gave us a ride!
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6:03pm
Here we are going about 20mph trying not to fall off the back

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6:05pm
Our sweet ride for a mile
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6:06pm
Walking to the campground

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6:06pm
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6:11pm
Squeezing through the cattle gate

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6:11pm
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6:20pm

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6:32pm
Still smoky
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6:52pm
Bathroom charging

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6:55pm