[Aug 21] Leaving Cascade Locks (mile 2146.8). Next town: Packwood, WA.
It was warmer this morning than previous mornings, which was great. The tree sap dropping on my tent was less great, and it took a bit to try and wipe it off in a productive manner. The mosquitoes continued to be as awful as they were last night.
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I slept in today, and didn’t leave camp until almost 8:30. It was cool and windy out, which made it rather compelling to stay in my sleeping bag. Ultimately, though, I had to get up, because the trail wasn’t going to hike itself.
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Tired, my plan for the day was for a “short” day, so as to get extra sleep tonight. I didn’t really have much in mind planned for that, aside from wanting to be done hiking before 7 pm. (I was still expecting a 20+ mile day, so it wouldn’t be that short. Just closer to 20 than 30.)
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The highlight of the day was Crater Lake, the first time on the Pacific Crest Trail that the trail took me to a place I’d previously been to. I’d been looking forward to this for quite some time: I last visited Crater Lake on a family vacation many years ago.
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