We left the PCT to take the Eagle Creek Trail. The trail goes through lush forests of oak and conifers. The plentiful rain is evident from the thick layer of moss covering tree, rock and trail like 70s shag green carpet. It was drizzling as we walked, but even if it hadn’t been, brushing against the wet vegetation would have soaked us. Still the trail was magnificent…. cut into a steep cliff above raging water, then leading us across wobbly bridges and alongside crashing waterfalls… and even behind Tunnel Falls.
Despite the beauty of the trail we were miserable popsicles by the time we arrived in Cascade Locks on the Colombian River on day 139, August 12th. We warmed up a bit over pancakes at Charburger… and also managed to nab some food others had left on their plates before the waitress cleared them. Yum! The waitress caught us in our desperate act, but must have just felt sorry for us because later she presented us with 2 free pieces of blackberry pie!
We also managed to get in touch w/Pacific Masai, Reddy & Rafiki, who had gotten there the day before. They’d rented a little RV across the street and said we could crash there. It was great to be re-united with our friends and our joy was complete when suddenly the rain stopped, the cloud parted and in about 10 minutes it was hot and sunny! This was brilliant since all our stuff was soaked but soon dried out in the sunshine.
In Cascade Locks we re-united with Burning Daylight & Jean Micheal who we hadn’t seen since the Sierras. We also met up with Mike, a section hiker from Portland we’d ran into the day before at Indian Springs. And Slim showed up too. Sadly Pacific Masai was getting off trail because of time & money constraints. But the rest of us were headed on to Washington! Considering how long California was, I couldn’t believe we were already done with Oregon!