We found ourselves with some unexpected free time this past weekend and so Daniel and I decided to take a last minute backpacking trip. The night beforehand , I spent hours pouring over maps agonizing over what route to take. I was hoping for a trail near an alpine lake or with alpine views (or both!) – but with a relatively easy level of difficulty. Daniel is slowly recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee and I’m worried he may re-injure it if we push too hard.
Last year I called the Pacific Crest Trail home for six glorious months. I’ve wanted to return to the trail many times since then but, alas, circumstances have prevented it. This past weekend I finally got my chance. On Saturday I planned a trip to Mirror Lake along the PCT starting from the Windy Pass Trailhead, which is a relatively easy 6-mile jaunt roundtrip with only 1000 feet of elevation gain. I first hiked this trail 3 years ago when I was only dreaming of hiking the PCT. It seemed like a fitting way to make my homecoming.
I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. When I realized that I would be arriving in Cascade Locks on Labor Day Weekend, I called Daniel and he made arrangements to come visit me. ecause, not only is Cascade Locks located a mere 3 hours from our house, but our anniversary is next weekend…
I woke up tired this morning from my late night the previous evening. My tent was nestled in the middle of some trees just off the trail. The sky was overcast in the morning, but soon the clouds burned off. The sky was overcast in the morning, but soon the clouds burned off.
Today was hard. It was a long day and I was exhausted by the end of it. I started the day by crossing the Muddy Fork River. It was a rather tricky crossing that had to be made over two logs that were on top of eachother. The upper log was slightly offset, giving barely enough room to cross by scootching across on the bottom log while clutching onto the upper log.
Timberline Lodge is an impressive building – it was built in the 1930s and is now preserved as a historical landmark. The breakfast buffet is renowned among through hikers – all you can eat breakfasty goodness for only $16. They had a make-your-own waffle station, pitchers of smoothies, pastries, fruit, yogurt, assorted breakfast meats, cheesy eggs… and lots of other goodies that I can’t remember. Everything was delicious and just a little bit fancy…
I woke tired and sore from my long day yesterday. I let myself stay in my sleeping quilt a little longer than usual as a reward for yesterday’s exertions. Eventually I got up and packed up my tent. I went down to the edge of the lake to wash my hands and I glanced up to see a group of 3-4 otters swimming around the little inlet I was camped next to.