Photo: Teddi Boston, June 1976. Mt. Hood, Oregon.
. (Day 32)
"A couple summers ago I flew up to Seattle to visit friends for a week. It was my first time flying. I spent the entire time gazing out the window, observing landscapes thousands of feet below recede from my narrow view in the porthole."
"At some point, maybe two hours into the flight, Mt. Hood appeared. The mountain lay dormant, snow-capped, flanked on both sides by verdant forest, and the forests flanked by civilization. With a bat of the eye, the boundaries between wilderness and civilization, to the east and to the west, could be sized up, surveyed. That's all it took: A bat of the eye. All that wilderness squeezed between pockets of homes, farms, and parking lots made the mountain appear puny and vulnerable."
"Perhaps the bird eye view was never meant for me. All day, I've enjoyed walking among trees so tall and with a canopy so thick, it's as if I'm stumbling through the darkness of a new moon. The occasional bright opening with views of Mt. Hood disabuse my internal clock of it's instincts to ring the dinner bell, usually heard around five each night. In this turbid forest, the trees dictate the light and climate, and Mt. Hood lords over it all. Down here the wilderness retains it's stateliness. Leave the sky for the hawks."
Day 3 - Today I had one big decision to make. Juste after mile 40 we entered the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area for approximately 10 miles. And you're not allowed to camp anywhere within that section. So, should I push it and make a 20-mile day (for me that was a big day at this point)? Or maybe try stealth camping somewhere within the area?
Read the whole story in my photoblog, link in bio!
In Tehachapi, CA, there lives a hiker with legs of steel and a heart of gold. Her name is @christyrosander
(aka Rockin) and over the past five years she has been the driving force behind "Think Outside", an amazing outdoors program that teaches 5th to 8th graders about the Pacific Crest Trail.
The course focuses on safety, gear, nutrition, and the joys of simply getting outside. I had the honor of giving a talk to Rockin's class back in 2014, and to this day it remains my favorite presentation that I have done.........heavy emphasis on bears, snakes and alligators! If you aren't already doing so, I highly recommend popping over to her instagram page to follow the progress of this year's students.
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