August 16, Day 117 – Getting a feel for Washington

I, along with everyone else, slept in until after 7. Once up, I was feeling really good and decided to go fast up our first climb of the day. It was only a few miles and a couple thousand feet so I could do it pretty quickly. I then took an hour break at a creek to swim and relax in the sun. A few miles later I came to a road that led into Carson so I decided to stick my thumb out for a few minutes. It only took 3 minutes for me to get a hitch down the road to a taco truck. As I pull up, I see Approach standing there about to hitch back. She joins me for more tacos and churros and we hitch back to trail together. I then fell behind going slow up our next climb. I took a couple breaks to enjoy the views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams. I strolled into camp around 7:30 and was falling asleep soon after 9. It was a beautiful day. Not too hot and with a nice breeze on the climbs.

Miles: 26.8 Total Miles: 2194.0

Looking back south to Mt. Hood. It was nice to have a clear day with good visibility. We’ve come to appreciate smokeless skies.

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