Smoky mountains / by nigel grey

**update: we fixed our last blog post! Missing pictures are now available 👍

This last stretch from Crater Lake to Ashland was a little sleepy. We were feeling generally pretty tired and ready for a break. In an effort to combat our tired legs and feet, we started having Happy Hour - a 10 minute stretch, yoga break at 5PM each day. It definitely helped, even though lacking in margaritas.

It was smoky from a wildfire in southern Oregon, so we had some hazy views and poor air quality. We were also super excited to get to Ashland, where we have been able to stay with an amazing woman and trail angel who we met up in Goat Rocks. Some much needed relaxation and refreshment awaited us here & we are very grateful!! Thanks Nancy!!

 

Trail vocab! 

In case we didn't explain before: sobo = southbound & nobo = northbound 

word of the day: nearo = almost doing 0 miles as a rest without fully taking a "zero" (no mileage day) 

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This is how we set up the tent

This is how we set up the tent

Sleepy morning breakfast sandwiches

Sleepy morning breakfast sandwiches

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we're realllllly close

we're realllllly close

Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock

We got up early to get to a pancake breakfast at Callahan's Lodge on the last day.  Worth it all around!! 

We got up early to get to a pancake breakfast at Callahan's Lodge on the last day.  Worth it all around!! 

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Callahan's Lodge trail log

Callahan's Lodge trail log

Sitting down and loving town,

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