Last Friday after hiking a shit ton more miles including one 50 mile day (which more or less kicked my ass) I made it to a town called Cascade Locks on the Oregon/Washington boarder.
It was a good thing I got to town when I did because there was a voice message waiting for me on my phone from a diving company called Deepcor, a spin off from Caldive the company I used to work for before starting the hike. Deepcor wanted me in Lafayette at 08:00 Monday morning to interview for a Sat diving position with them. Not wanting to miss the opportunity I said I’d be there and then immediately went into a mini panic. I had just walked into town, had now idea how I was going to get to the air port in Portland 30 miles away. But lucky the universe was on my side and with in an half hour I was able to hitch a ride into Portland and buy a next day flight to Austin for only $270. That part alone is crazy. If anyone ever needs a last minute flight try Virgin America.
The mini panic turned out to be totally worth it and by noon on Monday I was among the team of sat divers hired. Woop woop, no more working about a job after the hike, now the only thing to worry about is if I can actually finish the hike…..
Washington has been battling some massive forest fires near the trail for the last few months and new fires keep popping up. Hikers are having to skip sections of the trail and then hike through very smoky sections with little support should the fire or winds shift. Not wanting to but myself skip sections or put myself or rescue crews in danger I have decided to wait until next year to finish the hike.
It’s been an incredible adventure and one I’m so sad to have to end early and unfinished but the world has been here for billions of years and Washington will be there next year waiting for me.
There is however a small 89 mile section of the trail that is not burning right out side of Seattle. A good thing as this is the section that Kristen and I had planned to hike together. And even though the fires are keeping me from finishing the trail I am greatfull that they won’t be keeping us from this experience together. We will be heading up there next week and I’m looking forward to introducing Kristen to trail life….this will be her first long hike.
If any one following along has found them selves wish to go on an adventure, Washington awaits us next year.