(Ending, mile 2022.25, Rockpile Lake)
Really trying my hand at daily blogging from the trail, here we go…)
We had to get out of Bend. Don’t get me wrong, yesterday was great. We got our chores done, had a tour of the town thanks to George, caught a showing of Straight Outta Compton (which was decent, albeit obvious flattery of the people who made it), hit up the brewfest, met great people and then ended up without a place to stay and laid down in a public park around 130AM. FYI, the sprinklers in Pioneer Park turn on at 2:30AM, not good.
This morning we had breakfast and called George, who promptly picked us up to drive us 40 miles back to the trail. Shepard needed his shows badly at Big Lake Youth Camp so we headed there….however, the package had not arrived. Shepard had holes in his shoes and had to wait, but we decided to press on and therefore said our goodbyes for now.
We started into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, which in many parts, is a huge beetle-kill and burn area, but also beautiful.
It’s amazing to continually see the scale of these burns:
We did make it to the lake, which is surrounded by actual trees and is a nice little refuge. Through the smoke we got the first glimpses of Mt. Hood, so hopefully I can get some great pictures tomorrow.