2007-08-11 Drifting

August 11th, 2007

Today we swapped ranch for cabin and after settling in we took to the bikes. I was worried at being offered the “two wheeler”. I’ve not done much (any?) off road motor-biking and I’d be risking my whole trip not just my ankle. It turned out to be a two-wheel drive ATV (all terrain vehicle a.k.a quad-bike). I took a little while to adjust to driving again, especially with a clutch-less, thumb-driven handle bar but soon enough I was tearing up the dirt road and rolling to a stop at where it crossed the trail I had walked a week ago.

Kicking dust

We had lunch there and I’d really hoped to see a hiker or two. Alas no-one came but I got the chance to be on the trail with friends from the outside which was pretty cool.

On the way back we took a gravel road and I was really able to pick up some speed. I even started drifting around the corners.


Memories of walking the woods alone are beginning to fade. I don’t think it will take long to adjust after I get home. I’ll certainly miss the trail but I’m easily distracted.


Levi, Sarah and SunWalker

Hyatt Lake Resort does indeed serve great pizza, but the real winner is the sundae as prepared by the cheerful waitress. Strawberry and chocolate sauces oozed down the glass. Huckleberry ice-cream was burried under mounds of whipped cream and glacé cerries. This is the sort of thing thru-hikers dream about.


Quite a sundae

Again I was looking around for dirty hikers. I know Rocket-Cop came in when he passed and I’d hoped to see some others. People further back on the trail are seeing much larger groups and having a much more social hike. I’m glad I’ve gotten to know those I have and being a small troupe like this has been nice. But I’m interested to re-connect with some of those I saw early on and to find out who else is out here.

Quote of the day:
Claudia: What are ya doing hun?
Vic: Just making sure the door closes

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Crater Lake to Mt Thielsen

Distance today: 0 miles. Total distance: 1834.6 miles

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5 Responses to “2007-08-11 Drifting”

  1. Levi Says:

    Truly a treat to see you again, Craig. Sarah and I are back home in Colorado, and back to work, but the weekend with my parents and you was a great time. I’m pretty sure I gained 4 pounds on my Mom’s cooking, and I only ate a fraction of what you were able to put away, so hopefully you’re all topped off and enjoyed an amazing meteor shower somewhere along the trail near Crater Lake after Claudia and Vic dropped you off. We saw a few on the drive home from the airport last night and hoped you had a spectacular view. We all hope to see you again soon, my friend.

  2. Peter Says:

    Ah! Mah! Gahd! So much fluff! You are SO not allowed to shave that off till after you get back :D

  3. Ruth Says:

    I’m sure we can do some more hiking so you don’t settle down too much, and now, with all your experience, you will be able to piggy-back me the whole way! :)
    You make me incredibly hungry with these food descriptions!
    Lots of love,
    P.S I agree with Peter, and don’t forget to take an “after” shot.

  4. Claudia Lively Says:

    Thur pm after dropping you off at Crater Lake on Sunday… We met Brian and Lisa crossing the road on the Keno Access Rd. They needed water. Were thinking of walking another 5 to the springs but it was 8pm. We filled their water jugs, I emptied my fridge in their packs as we were about a mile or two from the cabin and everything was “extra”. Brian even accepted a Starbucks coffee from me. I am now concerned about the weight of the trash from containers but they were happy as they could camp right there and let Lisa’s feet rest. They asked about your shins and I told them you were fine. Got a pic of them and they us with our backpack. I will send pics to your family as soon as I get address.
    We just went the Keno road on a whim, very remote, what a treat to meet them.
    Love Claudia

  5. Peter Andrew Stanton Says:

    What!?! [Jumpy blurry] YouTube videos?! You’ve changed. I know the hike was always going to be a life-changing experience, but I don’t even know you anymore.