Who said Oregon was easy?

In the hope of an early night this evening I have posted videos rather than writing tonight… enjoy!

A slow start to the morning:

The most entertaining water source on the PCT:

The evening wrap up:

27 thoughts on “Who said Oregon was easy?

  1. Awesome! I laughed out loud at the pump scene! So funny. Do you not have those in Australia? Lastly, please don’t show your feet any more. Good luck! xo

  2. MukMuk,

    The Perseids peak tonight and tomorrow night. You may see more than 100 an hour especially in the dark of the wilderness. Thing is, the best time to see them is after midnight so maybe get to bet early and set an alarm for 1 am?

    Funny – I was backpacking this weekend and I did this, but as soon as I saw a couple, I promptly went back to the tent.

    I’d love to see a video with commentary during a meteor shower though. πŸ˜‰

  3. I loved your feet!! I want to see more feet πŸ˜‰

    I’ve heard the number one regret of thru hikers isn’t taking more zeros, so that is awesome that you have taken a month of them. Keep taking them, enjoy the journey.

    I really can’t imagine doing 30miles day after day with a pack. I was thinking about just doing the Oregon PCT section next summer, and as I plan it, I can’t imagine doing more than 15 a day. If I just did that much I would feel super amazed with myself. If I ever end up with a trail name it will probably have “snail” in it ;).

    I think you are rocking it!! You are a real inspiration!!

    I heard Oprah after reading Wild wants to do the PCT, if so, I hope she comes across your blog first. Perhaps you’ll be able to meet?! I’d love to see her interviewing you πŸ™‚

    Good night!!

  4. Nice lake morning, love the lake mist. πŸ™‚
    Laughed at the water! Time to use that upper body strength! πŸ˜€

    OK, so now the feet…. I hope that is just ground in dirt and sweet that makes the bottom of your feet black. If that is actually bruising, something is way wrong! No wonder your feet hurt. I really hope it is just dirt. Try to take it easy and heal up your body and break in your new shoes (i think). You will have plenty of time to finish if you can keep up the 25’s. Rest your body and get back in top form for Washington. It likes to go up and down up here. 😦

    Oh and as for Mosquitoes, not sure about Oregon, but they are thinning out up here! πŸ˜€

    Take cake and Keep Hiking!

  5. You are only a couple of days behind Carrot and Spark and those guys. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Keep adjusting the pack. Try new things. I have two artificial hips and have even turned my pack around to the front for a few miles to get relief.

  6. Those feet are a testament of where you’ve been/how far you’ve come. Show them puppies proudly! Beautiful, misty scene. Love it! Thank you for sharing with us. Greatly appreciated Muk Muk!

  7. Hi Roxanne,
    Nice to see that cool mist off the lake, hope the real heat is done for you.
    Re. the melancholy, a couple things that I think might help are getting to bed early, (way before 10 if possible, as your immune system works the hardest to rebuild between 10-2am), and, making as much direct contact with the earth, (skin is best). If you want to check it out, google Earthing, It’s real, it’s powerful, and it really helps heal, plus you’ll feel more grounded too! As soon as I finish a hike,(sometimes in between), I pull off shoes & socks & ground myself, it immediately helps reduce inflammation & helps me feel better, (20-30 min. is best). Rubber shoes & sleeping pads prevent this contact.

    As always, thanks for sharing,
    scott 2

  8. I just hiked that section a week ago and there were very few mosquitoes. Very little water, but the mosquitoes weren’t a problem at all. Never used DEET or a bug net. Just so you know!

  9. A spoof of your harrowing night? Ohmygosh. Okay, then, Muk Muk, is it then time for a new trail name? Dances with Lions? Sleeping with Lions? Not-Sleeping with Lions? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    At your pace you’ll catch up with my friend Denny. He just passed beautiful Crater Lake and Rand just posted his pictures on Trail Designs.

  10. Re your nerve problem and carrying your pack, have you thought about rigging yourself a tumpline? (Or buying one, of course! I think Patagonia makes one??) I don’t suspect you’d want to carry your pack to Canada like that exclusively (I wouldn’t, anyway!), but interspersing intervals with a tumpline might help. I pinched a nerve with my hipbelt years back, and I’ve used a tumpline from time to time since, partic when I’ve had to haul heavy equipment into the backcountry. Anyway, something to think on.

  11. 2010 was one of the worst mosquito years in at least the Shelter Cove part of the state. I was just at Shelter Cove a few weeks ago for several days and was surprised at the lack of Mosquitos…almost non- existant. On a side note, I’ll be hiking SoBo from McKenzie Pass to Shelter cove in a week, maybe Ill see you on the trail!

    -GoalTech

  12. Hi darling, such beautiful country to wake up in. The mist made it look even more mysterious. Such fun to get water, hard work on your arms though and to aim the stream of water into your bottle such a challenge. Seeing the first video, I didn’t think that you would move that day but surprisingly you did 25 miles, well done. Love mutti xxoo

  13. Hi Rozanne,

    The mist was awesome. I think the video made it even more impressive than a still photo. Your feet are awesome in a different way – I won’t expand on that. Hopefully, they will return to normal at some point in your life (after a shower?). Considering the challenges that you have been through, it is understandable that mental fatigue would set in at some point. It will pass. In contrast, the achievement will always be there. Just keep hiking and smiling. Looking forward to seeing Washington state.

    Donna

  14. Hi Rozanne,

    I hate to tell you this, by my friend Denny is blogged that there’s tons of mosquitoes his last couple of days, from mile 1870 to 1912 (Shelter Cover).

    –Ken

  15. Hi Rozanne,

    Just relaying more news my friend Denny at mile 1956, just south of Elk Lake Resort. Mosquitoes remain thick. That’s four days running. 😦 Also, water sources are sometimes no better than muddy pools. The good news is that his day yesterday, leading up to Elk Lake Resort, was a nice flat day. Oregon ain’t no Sierras. πŸ™‚

    Have fun,
    –Ken

  16. Hi Rozanne. Two more reports from my friend Denny, this time regarding two things in Yogi’s book. These may or may not be important to you. First, on weeknights, Shelter Cove closes at 6 pm (not 7 pm). Denny was dreaming of hot dogs the whole afternoon but ended up going to bed without supper. Second, Elk Lake Lodge opens at 9 am (not 8 am). Denny got up early to get there at 8 am only to wait around an hour. No worries, He then got his double breakfast of eggs, ham, and potatoes…and bacon almond waffles. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  17. Good morning Muk Muk, Hope all is good! If you get a chance to consume some vinegar, ex. On salad, dip bread in…however you can as this helps to ward off the skeeters as well. I know it sounds nuts, but it works. “Cider vinegar” works best.

  18. It was so nice meeting you this weekend at Windigo Pass. It was even nicer knowing you were in high spirits and doing well πŸ™‚ …I think you are amazing, I can almost not believe you picked the true PCT route from Windigo to Shelter Cove over the shorter alternate that most hikers were following. You are one tough lady!

    I’m definitely looking forward to all your updates once you get wifi at Shelter Cove. And I’m really looking forward to reading/watching the rest of your journey to Canada!!

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