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Pacific Crest Trail – Day 4 Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park

Pacific Crest Trail – Day 4 Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park

on Aug 12, 2014

The rain was gone. We were dry and very happy to be back on the trail. I think we were all very happy to be back on the trail. We had all successfully lightened our packs a bit, dried everything off and gotten a good night’s sleep. I even ran to REI and got a new pair of shoes as my hiking boots I started out with would not have been dry in time and were doing horrible things to my feet. Good for day hikes apparently, not so much for backpacking. It was still a bit chilly starting out but we quickly warmed up. Today was going to be a shorter day as we only had 6 miles to get to Paradise Park, but that worked out since we were getting a bit of a late start having to drive back up to the mountain that morning. Most of the fog had blown away and we were able to get some pretty nice views of Mt Hood and surrounding areas at times. We finally got the to the section of the trail that went down the ZigZag River and were greeted with this amazing view. One of the best parts about this section of the PCT is the stunning view you get of rivers down in canyons. One of the worst parts is that, usually, after you get this jaw-dropping stunning view, you get to take the trail down to that river, cross it, and then climb back up the other side. Well, ok, it’s not really that bad. I honestly enjoyed every grueling minute of it. We began our descent down to the river. It was a very pretty trail and the further down we went the more beautiful it got. It reminded me a lot of the Eagle Creek Trail but steeper. When we got to the bottom of the trail we decided that it was a good time to take a break and eat something and just enjoy the view for a while. We had a bit of a sketchy river crossing but it wasn’t too bad and we all made it across unscathed. There was a pretty nice waterfall upstream so Stalker and I...

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Sometimes you just have to wonder…

Sometimes you just have to wonder…

on Jan 23, 2014

So this evening I recieved an email from REI.  Not such an odd thing really, I am a member, I spend way too much money there and I get a lot of email from them. Tonight’s email however made me laugh, and for once I could not resist doing a product review. I guess I should preface this by saying that I love reading reviews of things.  I will spend hours on Amazon, c-net, REI, Best Buy, or really anywhere that has a great review system in place so I can read honest reviews and also read through all the idiot reviews that people put up.  I am someone that does a ton of research before buying anything and find using these reviews to be very helpful. There is also comedy gold in some of these reviews.  I am sure a lot of you are familiar with the Haribo Gummy Candy, Sugarless Gummy Bears, 5-Pound Bag review that has been going around facebook lately. Here is the link in case you are unfamiliar. http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FTHSH0UNRHOH/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R3FTHSH0UNRHOH Yep, pretty funny stuff right there.  There are plenty more of these and you can find many of them at a guilty pleasure site I go to from time to time. http://www.uhpinions.com/ But really you should wait until after reading the rest of my blog post before you click on the links… (You already clicked them, didn’t you?) Well if you have made it back here that is good.  You can finish reading about my review at REI. So I suppose you are wondering what it was they wanted me to review that spurned this blog entry.  Well if you are ready to have your mind blown… here you go. Yep!  That’s right.  REI wanted me to review my purchase of my Annual, Northwest Forest Pass. I found this amusing enough on its own, but if you throw in the fact that I spend a lot of money at REI buying many different things, (I will admit, I may have a problem.) and then add the fact that this is the first time I have ever gotten an email asking me to review a product, it makes it hilarious. Of all the things they pick,...

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