Day 127 – 8/16/25
Old Santiam Wagon Road
Miles – 18.5
Total Miles – 2064.9 (PCT 1994.6)
Last night was cold. There was a breeze that blew most of the night. There was very little smoke in the air. In the morning we put on coats and gloves before hiking out. After 15 or 20 minutes we hiked into one of the lava fields and it instantly got warm. Of course we got too hot with all of our cold weather gear on thus we decided to remove our coats. The trail headed up to Matthieu Lake and then headed into the shady side of the mountain where the temperature dropped and got colder and colder. By the time we came to the sun our arms and hands were numb. We stopped in the sun in the lava field to warm up. Lava fields are not fun places to hike. There are many rocks that twist and turn under foot. Today’s lava field we hiked was eight miles long and by the end, our feet hurt and we were very tired. It also took a lot of time. Bling took a big fall and scraped his knee pretty good at one point. Hopefully, this will be the end of lava fields for us. Halfway through the lava field, Brotein and Wild caught up to us. They had spent a couple of days in Bend and got back on trail at McKenzie Pass. The last time we had seen them was in the Sierras back in California. We hiked with them and had lunch together. We had a food drop at Big Lake Youth Camp today. We pushed to get there as soon as possible so we can get a shower, do laundry, and get something to eat. They are known for their great meals they provide for the hikers. They do not charge anything except for a good will donation! We walked in a few minutes after four. There was no staff around, just hikers. Come to find out that the kids of the camp left for home yesterday and the counselors were off for two days. They left the showers and laundry open as well as the room with everyone’s re-supply boxes. Sadly, there was no food to be had. There was a strange feeling about this place because it seemed to be abandoned. No officials were around. There was only a few hikers and a small dog. The hikers were hoping someone was around to take care of the dog. We got our box and a package from mom. Mom had made two pairs of gaitors. One large and one small. We will be trying them in the next section. We had to hunt around to find soap for our shower and we came across towels so off we all went to get showers. Next we did laundry. The last thing we worked on was our box. While waiting for the laundry to finish, I cooked up a batch of Vodka Pasta Sauce for dinner. Pebbles and Bam Bam were here along with Cat Water, Xactly and Velcro, Etch-a- Sketch, Dino DNA, Starfish, Scooby, Trail Bride and Cope. After the clothes were finished and we were almost packed, I found out that Little Crow’s hip belt buckle on her pack broke. So I ordered a new one. By the time this was finished it was nearly dark. We hiked out of there and headed up the road to find a camp spot for the night. A mile or so later, by the light of our headlamps we found one and set up camp. Back at the Big Lake Youth camp, a couple of hikers mentioned to us there was a trail angel at Lava Camp which was on the far side of McKenzie Pass. Lava Camp is off trail so we did not go to it. Also it was only 7:30 in the morning when we went past. Nevertheless, the trail angel there is supposedly someone we met very early on in our PCT hike. She had some feet problems and had to get off the trail. She is following our blog. She was hoping to bump into us and she even had snowballs for us after reading how much The Ravens love them! What a sweet act of kindness for thinking of us that way. All The Ravens are sorry we missed her and want to send out one big THANK YOU!