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Posted October 22

07-26 to 08-07 Big Lake to the Bridge of the Gods

The last two and a half days were strange to say the least. We went slowly, in part because we wanted the adventure to last longer, but we both seemed to fall into a funk...

Posted September 21

07-20 to 07-26 Shelter Cove Resort to Big Lake

It is taking me much longer to write about hiking the trail than it did to hike it. But reliving it is amazing! As we started week three, we had no clue that Oregon had such a varied landscape or that it would seem like we had stepped onto another planet.

07-14 to 07-20 Mazama Village to Shelter Cove

It is strange to be at Mazama Village and still so far from Crater Lake. 7.0 miles. In a car, seven miles is a few minutes, but on foot with a fully loaded pack, it is nearly three hours of walking!

Posted September 10

07-05 to 07-13 Donomore Pass to Mazama Village

This morning, as I was driving to work, I saw Mt. Hood silhouetted against an orange sky and I felt a physical pang of longing to be back on the trail. 455 miles seemed like such a long way, but the miles and the time flew by. We can't wait until we can do another one. 

Posted August 26

We drank in the crisp clean air and sprawling vistas of Mount Adams to the northeast of us. We began to drop back into the burn on a faint track. Then, without warning, the trail vanished.

Posted June 14

We didn’t want to leapfrog up the last two miles, so we loaded up for the last time. Misha was sitting at my feet staring up at me, his thought clear.

“Can’t you see that I am all done?”

Posted Mar 15

Trees grow low and twisted, on Gnarl Ridge, beat down by fierce wind and deep snows, some of them skeletal...

Posted Feb 02

When we stepped out of the car the piercing wind stabbed through me. I wondered how I could stand it. I really hate the cold...

Posted May 01

The ground gave way under my body and the weight of my pack. I fell and pain shot through my right hip.

“Help me! I’m stuck!” I cried...

Posted Jan 30

Finally! After failure and defeat, we were going to do it!

That first year, I had known we weren’t going to make it when Marea began to cry...

Posted Jan 15

“When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories.

And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.” Janine Shepherd

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