A Day of Old and New Friends

Day 133 – 8/22/15
Indian Springs Campground
Miles – 20.9
Total Miles – 2196.5 (PCT 2125.1)

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We woke to smoke and a lot of it!  In fact we could hardly see the surrounding mountains. We headed up the trail and quickly found that Bling’s leg was no better. With him unable to walk at his normal speed we knew that this would be a slow day. Over the course of the day we had to stop 10 times to rub his leg. He would feel better for awhile but then it would get worst and worst until we would have to stop and rub it out again. He was good for about 2 miles per a rubbing. Rabbit, Sky Pilot and Canyon got too far ahead of us to catch up with Bling’s bad leg. For the short period of time we hiked with them, we enjoyed their company. Little Crow especially was having fun with Rabbit who is a really fast hiker! The two of them would take the lead and fly down the trail together. It was a good experience for Little Crow. She discovered she could go fast even though she is so short. Thank you Rabbit!! When we got to Lolo Pass we stopped to rub Bling’s leg when some people drove up. There were Tammy, Steve and Ted. They were out for a Sunday drive from Portland. We started to talk with them and we soon found out that Tammy knew holistic message therapy so she took a look at Bling’s leg. She put pressure on the main knot trying to get it to loosen. She rubbed it in a different way than Mama Raven or I did. She showed us how to and the goal is to “reset the muscles”. All and all, she was very helpful and it did help Bling for a while. Will was able to hike more than two miles after her message. Steve wanted the kids to have a treat so he asked if he could give the kids some money to get ice cream at the next town. Awkwardly we said yes. At the time, Mama Raven and I assumed that Bling and Little Crow got a couple of dollars each. Later that day Bling asked, “Do you know how much money Steve gave us?” We replied no. Bling responded with twenty dollars each. Wow, that will be alot of ice cream! Bling suggested that at the end of our hike we go back to Timberline Lodge and have another breakfast with the money. I said there is enough money for that plus a little extra for ice cream at Cascade Locks. As we said our good byes to them we informed them they had just become trail angels. They liked their new job title. We had several good sized ups, but other than that the hiking was not hard. We moved a long the best we could considering Bling’s leg. Getting to Indian Springs was our main goal. If we could have gotten down to Eagle Creek that would have been even better.
It was getting late when we got to Indian Springs Campground, the sun was about gone, there was a cold, strong wind blowing, we were hungry and we just wanted to eat and go to bed. When we came off the trail and into the old abandoned campground we see Dundee. Mama Raven and Little Crow arrived first, and when Little Crow heard Bling and I coming down the trail she ran up to us yelling, “Dundee! Dundee! Dundee is here.” We have not seen him since Sierra City. We all were excited to see him again. A friend of his had met him and bought a bunch of trail magic. The Ravens ate and cleaned him out. There was chips and salsa, macaroni salad, green salad, shredded turkey, elk stakes, huckleberries, orange slices, and cheese. We ate until we were full. It was great! As it was getting dark. we set up our tents and got ready for bed. Bling worked on his leg in the hopes that it will be better tomorrow. We have 15.4 miles to Cascade Locks tomorrow. The day was very frustrating because how slow we went and all the very thick smoke we were in. Despite our disappointments of the day,  actually the day was a pretty good one because of all the good people along the way!

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Arrow and Dundee

Arrow and Dundee

Cope

Cope

Trail Bride

Trail Bride

Cosmic Bubble

Cosmic Bubble

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Tammy working on Bling

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Tammy, Steve, Ted, and The Ravens

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