8/25-27/18

8/25-27/18. The night of the 24th was cold and a walk in the morning with frost inside and outside my tent. In the afternoon they were sprinkles. I continue to be cloudy and windy a little surprising I think at this time a year.

I continue to hike with Boy Scout one and two. I also met a grass Valley hiker Dan Murphy trail name Blue.

We have now entered the Goat Mountain wilderness On the afternoon of the 26th climbed a knife ridge but the wind was strong it was raining and before I got into camp I was in second stage hypothermia. Once on my tent and dry clothes I warmed up and had a nice dinner. That was a scary experience.

The next day we awoke to the sun, clear skies and wonderful views of Goat Mountain Wilderness and Mount Rainier. We hike on an alternate route due to a fire closer to Highway 120 and then I got a ride to Packwood re-supply

8/20-24/18

9/20-24/18. We left cascade locks and climbed out of the Columbia River Gorge about 4000 feet. It was warm to start with but the next few days progress to be cool and cloudy. The forest was thick and beautiful and like other The forest was thick with western hemlocks and ferns.We able to view Mount Adams as we hiked around around it but the view was obscured by clouds. Smoke was minimal. A highlight of the trip for me was to see my first wolverine as it ran across the trail early in the morning.

We hiked into Trout Lake for resupply. At this point Brian departed to head back to California. It was good to have his company. I took off and headed up the trail join Boy Scout one and Boy Scout two with their dad. It was cold and windy.

8/17-20/18

8/17-20/18. Spent Friday And Saturday and Pacific Crest Trail days. Met many of my old hiking partners and acquaintances on the trail. Purchased a new backpack and trekking ing polls to complete the hike. Brian joined me on Saturday night. 8/17-20. Sunday we went to church and got ready to depart on Monday.

8/17/18

8/17/18. Sleep until 6 AM this morning and then hit the trail Hiked 16 miles into Cascade Locks and PCT days. Many hikers will gather there for the next 2 to 3 days as we learn about the trail and equipment available. I crossed the Columbia River into the state Washington. I got a motel in Stevenson and will meet Brian Stephensen here

8/16/18

8/16/18 Hiked 33.4 miles to trail mile 2130.3 Got up early and hiked around Mount Hood. mI ran into No Nuts, Bonfire, Minnie and Bear and hiked with them most of the day. The forest just thick with vegetation including not only blueberries but huckleberries now. Hiked a little off trail to a beautiful waterfall.At lunchtime came to the road and there was trail magic was someone providing us watermelon, fresh fruit and sodas and a place to sit. Hiked till 9 pm had dinner and went to bed.

8/14/18

8/14/18 Hiked 33.2 miles to trail mile 2078.8. Hiked 10 miles by 10 am and 15 miles by noon. The forest is beautiful in this area with many old growth areas. Blueberries are coming into season giving us a tasty treat. Camped today at small lake that was clear and cold and 40 feet deep called Little Crater Lake.