Before we got to Ashland we looked up places to stay whilst we were in town. One of the places that came up was a campsite with natural hot springs. Thinking this would be good for our feet we booked it over the phone.
Upon arrival we saw lots of signs for laughing yoga, love and healing sessions and meditation. The receptionist also then made us read the rules of the place which included no nudity on site before 8pm. It was then we realised we had decided to stay at one of the more alternative places in Ashland.
Sasila, Porche’s wife came out for the weekend as well. We ended up sharing a teepee with them which was fun although it didn’t give us a break from tenting life. That evening we were in for a treat. Sasila cooked food for the whole trail family which was an amazing spicy pork dish with rice. We then headed for the swimming pool where we were very overdressed.
Getting back on trail refreshed we were treated to Oregon’s rolling hills, forests and meadows. It was nice to get back on trail and we started to test if Oregon was as flat as everyone said it was. In comparison to a lot of California it was flatter, but it definitely wasn’t flat! A couple in our group have been claiming that the flatness will allow us to do big miles and we are slowly creeping up to doing a marathon a day. Don’t worry Brian it takes us about 10-12 hours so your records are still safe!
This section included a lot of burned areas and there were lots of downed trees on trail. At times it felt like we were horses as we needed to work on our footing as we had 3-4 trees in a row to jump over.
Water carries also became something to think about again, as this section could be pretty dry. We assumed that as we were out of California there would be plenty of water, but our final stretch into Crater Lake consisted of a 20 mile water carry.
When we got to the store at Crater Lake we added a bit more carrying capacity to our packs. We also needed to get a ride to the post office to get our resupply that we had posted from Ashland. Our hitch was with a family who are trying to get all Junior Park Ranger badges from all national parks and monuments. There are over 120 different parks in the USA ,so it involves a lot of driving. If he succeeds he’ll be one of the only people ever to have done this.
It was then time to go see Crater Lake. Jenny had been looking forward to this view for weeks. Unfortunately when we got there the smoke had killed the view and we didn’t have the view we expected.