In other news, the hike was AWESOME!! We went on a small section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Three Sisters wilderness area. The trail actually spans from Canada to Mexico. It rained/drizzled on us Thursday evening, but Friday and Saturday, you couldn't ask for better weather. J's pack was about 50 pounds!!!! That is so heavy! Mine was a comfortable 20 or so, until the last day when I figured out how to steal some weight from J's and put it on mine. 10 pounds makes a huge difference, btw.
We walked through gorgeous alpine scenery, many lava flows (they cooled probably 2 million years ago), and glimpsed some glorious mountains. We could see as far as Mt. Hood, which was way north of us. I love being out in nature. I'd only been backpacking once in high school, and I really enjoyed it. My dad bought a couple of high-quality backpacking things to make his pack super light. Good times were had by all.
Our first campsite. It was drizzling, but this was a fairly protected place from the wind.
And we woke up to this!!!
J answering nature's call
A mountain meadow. I love mountain meadows.
These are the north two Sisters, Faith and Hope.
Our second campsite. My dad said he'd look over a ridge we were hiking nearby to see if he could find a decent campsite. Lo and behold, a flat spot and a fire pit were awaiting us, along with this view in the background!
It may not look like much, but this hill was the hardest! My calves are still sore.
These are some of the lava fields we hiked through. Sometimes there was a bit of a sandy trail, but a lot of it was really rocky.