Fri Aug 19 20 mi Fisher Lk – Buckhorn Spring
Woke early. Beautiful morning but hit the trail at 7:30 which now seems my norm since I discovered breakfast in bed. Pfeistey caught me after act an hr and we chatted act the merits of craftsmanship. Hannes had a rough day- he’s bored. I had a pretty good day- sweaty warm though and a bit too much up and down but all ridge walking which I love. Today was supposed to be 25-27 mi so I’m surprised they camped early. I wanted to go a few mi more and just find a little solo spot but this is good too. Pitched under a really cool big ancient mossy tree. 22 easy mi to Seiad.
Sat Aug 20 Buckhorn Spring -Seiad Valley-Fern Spring
I enjoyed oatmeal and strawberries for breakfast after sleeping until 7:00, we headed out at 8. A simple day elevation wise- steep drop to a long flat road walk. Highlight was picking ripe blackberries. Hannes loved that. Seiad was hot as blazes but we got in at 3:30. Restaurant was closed but I had a microwave pizza, 1L of soda, and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s! Store is decently supplied for hikers but I was carrying plenty of food from mom’s pick-me-up package of extra-good grub.
I impressed Hannes and Pfeistey by picking open the door of the bathroom which we accidentally locked shut. A lady and her kids came and parked to hit a swimming hole nearby but after gorging and resting, we just hit the trail for a few more miles.
Sun Aug 21. ~22 mi Fern Spring (just past Seiad) – 1 mi before Rd 47N63
We look forward to signs saying Canada is less than 1,000 miles. I need to deal with my entry permit. Today was mostly ridge walking- 2 long uphill sections and the afternoon was all exposed and hot as blazes. Not much on trail water. Ate a lot, a long day despite only ending in 22 mi. I only went a bit past Hannes and Pfeistey to pitch higher up in a breezier spot, quite nice and quiet. Heard rumbles of thunder to SE for awhile. We enter Oregon tomorrow! 9 pm zzzzz….
Mon Aug 22. ~27 mi. 1 mi before Rd 47N63 – Spur Rd 1718
Tired. Brain Dead. Crappy dinner. Ready for Callahan’s tomorrow! Great view campsite.
Hoo boy did I under estimate caloric needs on this stretch. There’s a tad more uphill than you think, it’s tiring and hungry work, maybe I dropped another 5 pounds!
Callahan’s is fantastic. $40 gets you killer dinner w salad, nice bread, AYCE spaghetti plus breakfast w eggs, bacon, fruit, AYCE pancakes! And nice lawn camping too plus shower w all fixins and laundry. We also had fish n chip lunch and they have great beer on tap ( duh it’s Oregon!)
We camped near Spur Rd last nite, simply could not catch Han Solo. Gorgeous view on both sides, cell reception too first time in days! Only 11 or 12 EZ mi to here. H went to Ashland for long term resupplies. We chill here. Most comfortable!!
Did 27 mi to the Spur Rd and about wanted to die. Several uphill stretches sapped me w not enough snacks to survive.
Caterpillar in plaid. Pink and black plaid. I’m impressed fuzzy buddy!