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July 11, 2021 PCT miles (Rim Trail) 1838.1 -1866 PCT miles - 26.9 (0.8 off trail)
The previous night Chris emailed a trail Angel, Dwight Pfeffer, and asked if he is an early riser and, if so, could he drive us up to the Rim Trail (not PCT) so we could see the sunrise over Crater Lake and then continue on the PCT. It was going to be a long day and we could not fit in the hike up to the rim and the miles we needed to cover unless we got a ride. Dwight was up for it and picked us up in front of Annie’s at 5:15 AM! He had two large cups of delicious coffee and two hot cups of gluten free oatmeal. What??? We were floored by his thoughtfulness and generosity. The day was a memorable experience that we will never forget because of our meeting with Dwight.
The sunrise over the lake was beautiful and the sun looked bright red (sadly, from fire/smoke to the east). It’s a gorgeous lake. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years. It’s the deepest lake (1949 ft) in the United States.
Dwight is one interesting man (professional volleyball player!) with a colorful and unique life history - we started laughing when we got in his car and didn’t stop until we said our goodbyes. He drove us to the rim and showed us the sites and told us all about Crater Lake. Amazing human.
It’s 3:30 now, we are at our campsite at Maidu Lake and I’m looking over a lovely lake watching damselflies and ducklings. No one else is around. No other campers. Rick is napping and I’m struck by all that happened in a single day on this trail. We woke in a crowded campground in the dark and made our way quietly over to wait in front of a restaurant - not knowing who Dwight was or if he’d really show up so early. He sure did. His stories touched us and were all we talked about as we hiked. The miles flew by.
Special day and we ended it at a gorgeous lake. Rick said it reminded him of lakes in New Hampshire.