Day 132 – 8/21/15
Ramona Falls turn off
Miles – 15.6
Total Miles – 2175.6 (PCT 2104.2)
Breakfast at Timberline Lodge was on our minds so we got up a half hour early and hit the trail as quick as we could. As early as we left, two hikers past us before we even got out of our tent. We knew were they were racing to. . . breakfast. A few minutes from camp, we crossed a highway and a clearing of trees where we noticed it was a cloudy day. The visible hill tops were completely blanketed by clouds. The good news was there was no smoke anywhere. We started the 5 miles of up to Timberline Lodge. The climb was not hard and we made good time except for the mile or so of deep sand right at the end hikers have to drudge through before you reach the lodge. Along the way, we passed the Smiths who were finishing packing their gear. They would be passing us soon. Bling wanted to make it to Timberline Lodge before The Smiths, so he pushed forward up hill, hard and fast. The wind was blowing hard in the morning so the sand blew into our eyes as we made are way forward. We got to the lodge around 9:00 and went straight to breakfast. And what a breakfast it was!!! What we liked the best was the orange chocolate pancakes, we even carried out 4 of them to eat on the trail. It was a feast: sausage patties, ham, potatoes, the house hot chocolate (Mama Raven says it was the best hot chocolate she has ever had. Bling and Little Crow agree), home made yogurt with fresh berries, fruit smoothies, granola, oatmeal, waffles and every topping imaginable, eggs with mushrooms and cheese, pastries. At the end of the feast, we were so full we could barely move. It was the best breakfast we have had on the trail. No, that is not right, it was the best breakfast we have ever had! When we were done, we finally took the time to look around, the dining room was filled with thru hikers: Wild and Brotein, DNA and Etch-a-Sketch, Cosmic Bubble and Dingo, Rabbit and Sinatra, Orgami, Trailbride and Cope, Teflon, The Smiths, Beeker, and many others we did not know. There were more thru hikers than regular guest of the hotel. Some of the hikers have been here several days, just hanging out waiting for the next meal to be served. Mama Raven and I went down to the lower building to get our re-supply box. We got two boxes, Mama Raven’s new shoes and some socks, but no food box. Mama Raven looked through their list of names while I went in back and looked for the box. To great relief, we found it. The lower building was much quieter than the main lodge so we spread out on a table to sort and organize. While we were doing this the kids were up in the main lodge with the packs. They had met another family that is hiking the trail: Canyon, Sky Pilot, and eleven year old Rabbit. They have been wanting to meet us but we were to far in front, however they skipped most of northern California and got ahead of us. They spent several hours with us and then we decided to hike out together. My hope was to get hiking by 12:00, however, we did not leave until 2:30. Just before we hiked out we swung by the Blue Ox bar and ordered a pizza to go and a second one to eat while we were there. We hiked around Mt Hood with Rabbit in the lead and Little Crow right behind her. Bling and I were at the back of the pack. Bling was having a problem with his leg. We keep getting farther and farther behind everyone. That is not like Bling. I keep asking questions about the pain he was feeling and we finally figured out that one of his leg muscles was cramping up. He had never felt a muscle cramp before so he could not tell me what was hurt. We had to stop several times to rub it out. That helped a bit. It took two more rubbings and a long down hill to get him feeling some what better. I rubbed it out before he went to bed. Hopefully it will be better in the morning. We are going to head to Cascade Locks and take a zero there. We have not had a zero day off since Castella in Northern California. It is time for some time off.
Sky Pilot, Bling, Rabbit, and Canyon