Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 130: Ashland!!

Sunday 8/26/12
Miles 0
Elevation 1,784'

Oh man, I did nothing but lay down all day. And it was absolutely amazing!! Lol! Kyle did his resupply for the rest of the trail so that pretty much took all day. I just stayed in the room and did absolutely nothing. :). Actually, I take that back, I did have to go outside to do laundry. But that's about it. I took a pic of Kyle with his resupply on the bed. That was most of it. There's more on the floor behind him. Lol! He bought a 40oz of PBR. I had never seen a bottle of PBR that big. It's funny, I think he took it into to the shower with him. But yeah, that was pretty much the height of entertainment for today. Kyle organizing his resupply, and drinking PBR. Haha!

Ashland is a really cool town. If we stayed closer to downtown i probably would have wandered around some more. But we were on the opposite side of town and the bus didnt run on sundays. Boo :( They have a discount grocery store that sells lots of organic and health-food type stuff, and bulk foods! And it's cheap!! Oh man that is so cool! And the beer isle is incredible. Oh my god, it ran the entire length of the store, and everything was a microbrew except for maybe the last 10 feet. WOW!

So sometime in the evening, Kyle puts a twix, 3 musketeers, and dark chocolate candy bar in front of me and tells me to pick one. Aaarg! That is so cruel! Does "all of the above" count as one choice? Lol. But yeah, he knows those are my favorite candy bars. That was a cruel move Kyle! Lol. I picked the dark chocolate bar. Kyle said he knew that was the one I was gonna pick. Haha. Oh damn, he can read my mind too. I'm screwed! O.o

On a completely random and unrelated note, I have a very juvenile sense of humor. I find things like poop and farts very funny. Trail mix gives me lots of gas. I've been experimenting though, and I've discovered it's the dried fruit that gives me gas. Kyle thinks flatulence is humorous too, which is good because this one night I ate a freeze dried meat lasagna and the next morning it was like an orchestral symphony coming out of my butt. Haha! And I don't even have Butterstuff with me anymore so I can't blame it on the dog. Maybe I can blame it on Squizzle. Do squirrels fart?

I'm so grateful the weather is so nice!! I hope it continues like this all the way through to Canada. :)

Pics to follow.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Days 126-129: Seiad Valley, CA-->Ashland, OR!!!!

Wednesday 8/22/12
Saturday 8/25/12

Currently at mile 1,726

OREGON!!!  Holy crap California is a longass state!! LOL!  Ok since I dont have a text portion of the blog for these four days, I'm just going to narrate through the photos. 

water = life

Kyle, rocking the Asian Squat, next to a small creek

Walking Stick!  Called so because when he did the Appalacian Trail he got down to 113 lbs.  YIKES

hanging out in front of the Seiad Valley store and Post Office

a sea of trees <3

smoke from a nearby forest fire

i am hugging that pouch because its warm

instant face warmer

oh my gosh, canadian border is finally only in the triple digit miles away! :)

we reached the Oregon border!!  Whoo hooo!!! :D

another milestone.  literally. :)

i don't have a wide enough lens to capture it but the trees are so TALL!  but the trees in this area are really skinny and tall, as opposed to the trees earlier which were fat and tall

that reads: "Welcome to Oregon".  Thanks! Lol.  Dang someone took a lot of time to spell that!

"Welcome to Oregon!" :)

as in, the Rogue Brewery? :)

cute fuzzy gold puppy!!
in Ashland, Oregon!  we absolutely hauled ass to get here before the post office closed.  i did 15 miles by 2pm.  WHEW!  This is the Caldera Tap House, in downtown Ashland.  I had a sampler of: Lawnmower Lager, Ginger Beer, Hibiscus Ginger Beer, Vanilla Wheat, and La Perouse WIT.  My favorite was the Vanilla Wheat but they were all DELICIOUS!!  If any of you are local, they sell their beer by the ounce at $0.20/oz, bring your own sealable jar :)

a homemade stuff sack i made out of tyvek :)

Pics Days 123-125: Etna-->Seiad Valley

Kyle eating a delicious breakfast in Etna.  that homemade Cinammon roll was yummy!

the tiny little town of Etna, CA

I'm Fine (on the left) and Kyle at the Alderbrook Manor Hostel in Etna, hiding from the heat

at the Etna Brewery.  if any of you live around norcal, Etna Brewery has *amazing* beer, they sell growlers, and have good food too!

funny postcard at the pharmacy in Etna

Kyle, taking on the Marble Mountain (5 scoops of ice cream, 3 toppings, whipped cream, and cherries)

he finished that way too easily

every step of the PCT is a new breathtaking view

Flagman (L) and Wolverine (R).  Flagman is an absolute badass and cool dude.  He is a 63 year old retired Army Colonel.  I think he was some sort of army medic that got to jump out of planes.  He is an amazing person in so many ways, and he absolutely hauls ass up the trail!

Wolverine (front) and Flagman again.  Funny thing is, Wolverine was in the army as well, and unbeknownst to them at the time, they were both stationed at Fort Sam Houston (in Texas) at the same time.  Small world eh?

smoky sunset

Pics Days 121-122: Trinity Alps Wilderness and Russian Wilderness

i thought this sign was somewhat humorous :)

the colors of those mountains were just spectacular <3

NOT a human footprint! 

Mt.Shasta to the south of us

its hard to tell from the pics, but the trees are just huge and amazing!!!

see that line across the hill?  thats the trail. 

valley off in the distance