My birthday started a day early when my friend Yvonne visited me in South Lake Tahoe. We went to a great Italian restaurant - Fastapasta - for lunch. The chief was a real character and when he discovered we were celebrating my birthday he gifted me a piece of his Mum's cheesecake. He lit his lighter for a candle and sang happy birthday. Yvonne gave me a real mango which I am still lugging around - waiting for it to ripen.
While it wasn't my birthday it was Spins'! She was turning 24 and her and Baboon ate all you can eat sushi for dinner to celebrate. Baboon gave her a toy marmot. Spins had made me a bracelet with the little metal letters "PCT". The clasp of the bracelet is a bear - very appropriate - although I am yet to see a real one.
We got back on the trail on my actual birthday and hiked 11 miles into the darkness. Baboon got a fire going and I was introduced to the great American tradition of s'mores. These are a combination of gram crackers, Hershey's chocolate and toasted marshmallows. We also had chocolate chip zucchini cake from Baboon's Mum. We reused the "24" shaped candles from the day before even though I was turning 26. I certainly wasn't complaining.
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21 I made it.
15 About to catch the last bus for the season out of Stehekin and planning to walk out of America in four days time on the last day of my visa...
09 It looks like some bad weather is finally on the way. My rain gear might actually get some use! Tough climbs ahead but getting closer to Canada each day and with great group of fellow stragglers.
22 Quick stop in Cascade Locks to shower, do laundry, resupply, eat and 'rest'. Across the Bridge of the Gods, over the mighty Columbia river, into Washington today - the first day of autumn.
13 Resupply for Washington all sorted with some help from Mum, who is visiting on her way home from Europe. Now it is time to escape Bend and resume the race to Canada.
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30 True to the thru (Part 4 of 4)
30 The waiting game (Part 3 of 4)
30 Something was wrong (Part 2 of 4)
30 A story that needs to be told (Part 1 of 4)
21 "I knew Typo would make it" (Part 6 of 6)
19 Throwing the Hail Mary (Part 5 of 6)
10 Up and down, but not out (Part 4 of 6)
06 Crossing Cutthroat Pass (Part 3 of 6)
03 Warming up in Winthrop (Part 2 of 6)
30 We're sleeping in a toilet (Part 1 of 6)
25 Another radio interview (Audio)
21 I made it
04 Nearly there
29 Trail Magic
19 Walking with Mum
28 Cold food
28 Hello Oregon!
20 40 miles in one day
08 Official trail name: Typo
06 (Humbolt) Summit Fever
06 Road walking around a wildfire
30 Two trail birthdays
18 A picture is worth...
10 Pain and gain in the Sierra
28 Hiker hunger
27 The inquisitive marmot
19 Stage one survived
05 Live from the Mojave (Updated)
04 I just walked 500 miles...
31 Current nemesis: Poodle dog bush
23 Mexico to McDonald's
23 Gear review: Sleeping pad
18 Hot and getting even hotter
10 People on the trail: Sunset
05 Eagle Rock
03 Hiker discount: 100%
30 The beginning
25 Final preparation
17 Blogging along the way
16 No publicity is bad publicity
08 Walking before the walk
08 Maps for the trail