Day 109

Day 109 – mile 2094 to 2116 – Hoodelicious Camp to Gloomy Hood Camp:
The day had finally arrived.  Like a kid on Christmas, the anticipation had me up well before being awake could be of any use.  I watched the sunrise, spectacular despite, but also because of a sea of clouds blanketing the visible parts of the state, including Mt. Jefferson, disappointingly.  I packed up my things, then headed to the lodge to check out the comfy chairs and wifi while I waited for 7:30am when the food mayhem would commence.  Other hikers filtered in and began circling the lobby like hungry vultures.
When the awaited moment came, it was everything I could have hoped for.  I won’t go into the gory details here, but it was a breakfast buffet for the ages, worthy of all the hype.  An hour later, I waddled back into the main lobby, profoundly satisfied.  The next few hours were spent wandering the lodge, reading the displays and enjoying the unique architecture, until I was frustrated enough with the wifi and suitably digested to get hiking again.
Where had the morning gone?  It was now 12:30pm and there was a cloud firmly perched atop my location.  So much for amazing views today!  The going was damp and sandy descending from the lodge, but at least I was going downhill.  Until I was going uphill.  And then downhill again.  The deep gorges cut in the flanks of Mt. Hood posed quite the obstacle as I tried to get around the thing.  A mean looking cloud was still hanging around the summit, so I was happy to get just an occasional light rain.  Not enough even for my umbrella.
A couple sketchy river crossings kept things interesting, and an exceptionally steep climb kept me warm.  With the late start and the clouds, darkness came on quickly as I pushed to get to camp before I lost all light.  I was hiking late to see if the weather would clear up enough for me to cowboy camp.  It didn’t clear up, but I’m cowboy camping anyway.  Risky business I think, but Oregon wouldn’t send me rain on the last night would it?





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  1. Been following your journey from the beginning Owen. You write very well. Maybe you might make a career of exploring and translating for others. Linda and I were at Timberline last September and enjoyed the buffet. Look forward to the home stretch with you. Take care – Peter Wilson

    Peter A. Wilson 925-360-7170

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