Date: 09 Aug 2017 1037PM
Location: Camping near mile 2084.1
Today's Miles: 18.7
Total Miles: 566.0
Not a bad day today.
Woke up with the sun and hiked the eleven miles to Timberline Lodge.
Upon arrival I went straight to the hiker box and grabbed a bunch of leftovers and left behinds. Managed to resupply entirely out of the hiker box making this my cheapest resupply yet.
Didn't make it in early enough for the breakfast buffet, but lunch was on and it was pretty darn delicious. Loaded up on plate after plate of thickly sliced roast beef, pork, polenta, grapes, cheese, and even one of those waffles that you can usually only make at breakfast services of hotels.
Spent a few hours drinking coffee, charging devices, updating the journal. Had quite a few people walk up to me as I was sitting there going through my pack and doing food math, asking variations of the same question: "What are you doing?"
I don't mind answering these questions. Most of the time it's surface-level stuff, but occasionally it gets deep and personal. That's ok too, I'm still working on the delivery though.
Left around 1500 and walked for the rest of the afternoon. Had to stop a few times to try and adjust my pack. As with the mosquitos the past week, my pack has become a major annoyance, squeaking for miles and miles with every step. I've reached out to the manufacturer, we'll see what happens.
Bumped into a NOBO earlier who gave me the scoop on the fire closure to the south. After looking into it online, it would appear that while the fire is contained the forest service is keeping the area closed until after the eclipse. They feel that the risk of fire is too high right now, and don't want anyone in the being careless and starting another fire (or getting caught in a new blaze).
Not sure if I'm going to hike the forty miles to the closure or try and hitch around from my current location. I'm going to sleep on it and see what makes the most sense in the morning.