Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Days 90-91 - Tues-Weds, August 21-22

As we got into Crater Lakes we saw this highway sign. Well, I've got to tell you we didn't need a sign to tell us that we were ready to stop! LOL!

We checked into a hotel. Bull immediately got on the phone to his wife. You think he's happy to be talking to her? ;-)
I walked out on the balcony and looked at the view of Crater Lake. OMG, what an incredible sight!
The National Parks brochure says it better than I can:
Few places on earth command overwhelming awe from observers, but Crater Lake, in south central Oregon, certainly does. Even in a region of volcanic wonders, Crater Lake can only be described in superlatives. Stories of the deep blue lake can never prepare visitors for their first breathtaking look from the brink of this 6 mile wide caldera which was created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,700 years ago. Even seasoned travelers gasp at the twenty-mile circle of cliffs, tinted in subtle shades and fringed with hemlock, fir, and pine: all this in a lake of indescribable blue.
And this picture was taken with my camera phone.

Before getting cleaned up I decided I would do a crossfit workout so I did some handstand pushups in the hotel room. ;-)

Chris from Santa Cruz showed up and we planned out the hike for the next 4 days while he is with us. We expect to be in Shelter Cove near Willamette Pass (mile 1912) by mid-morning on Friday. We will have breakfast there before continuing on. Chris' brother is going to pick us up at McKenzie Pass/ Highway 242 (mile 1989) and drive us to the town of Sisters about 15 miles off trail.

On Wednesday, we ran into Eric D who is on the return trip of an attempt to yoyo the PCT. He was in good spirits and moving along well.
We passed the highest point (7560') in both Oregon and Washington near Wizard Island Overlook at mile 1838. Doesn't seem like much after all the 13ers in California.


Jurek said...

Thank you for the pictures! Each one truly worth a 1000 words! What a beautiful country!

Exercising after a strenuous hike? You are amazing!

Everett said...

Crater Lake sounds magnificent,another place to put on the list.
Okay I tried a handstand in my room,and i kicked a hole in the ceiling.....Just kidding!
Rock on Catra!!!!
Peace to you and your peeps there!!

olga said...

My God, Catra, you're gettijng close! Need to keep an eye on you. I'll call you in a week, I guess. Make sure to let Sean know you're in Sisters.

Eudemus said...

Very cool! I love Crater Lake. One of my favorite memories is when my wife and I hiked down to the lake and dove in off a rock.

mer said...

You are Somethin' Else!!! If i didn't know better, i'd say that cooler temps, lots of big green trees, big lakes and plenty of company makes you a mighty happy chick. For a tiny person, you have HUGE spirit!!! Awesome!

Peace & joy,

Joe said...

You missed the Waldo party by a week. Keep up the charge Catra!

tamikamaria said...

Hi Catra! Wow, that is some beautiful country -- you lucky girl.

I just wanted to thank you for turning me on to CrossFit, I found it through the link on your other blog. I used to hate working out (other than running or hiking) but CrossFit is never boring. Plus it works!

Thanks for the great pictures and stories.

Anonymous said...

Hey Catra,

You are amazing!!!

I live in Vancouver, Canada, not too far from your final destination. I'm looking at doing the PCT next year. Thank you so much for posting this online journal! What a terrific resource!

If you're looking for free transportation from Manning to Vancouver arport let me know, I can point you in the right direction!

You really are an inspiration!!!



saschasdad said...

I'm a fellow Montrailian and see that you're going to be in Sisters soon. That's where I live! If you need a place to crash, do laundry, hang out, need rides, etc, I live in Sisters and am more than happy to help out.


Jurek said...

I want that picture of you up-side-down as my screen saver!!!

litsl said...

I loved the AYCE food at Mazama!

I'm getting back on the trail at Cascade Locks on 31st. I think you will have gone by that point by then but perhaps I'll see you. Am in the UK right now getting my visa fixed ready for the last leg.

Just ordered a ULA Catalyst pack too. Doing 1,100 miles with the Gregory Advent Pro has not been a very happy experience. I'm hoping the ULA pack is as good as they say.

I'm missing the trail with my forced exile!

litsl said...

PS Say hi to Bull from me. What a nice bloke!

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Yay Catra! Keep going!

mer said...

CatraCatra ~

Did you get to see the total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday early early early morning? Must've been gorgeous sleeping out underneath it.

Peace & joy,

Ultra Okie said...

Hey Catra, keep rockin'! hope you were able to catch the lunar eclipse. i got out of bed and checked it out. way cool!


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