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I woke this morning after a rough sleep. For some reason I just couldn’t stay asleep long. I think it was because I was so hot most of the night.
I left camp second to last. Big Bird left after me. The trail was beautiful and the air was already warm. The trail wound down a ridge and through a meadow. It climbed up and I stopped to lol back and had a gorgeous view of the sisters. I was glad to finally be out on this part of the trail.
I hiked on and had amazing views of all the cascades around me and massive lava fields. The trail went through a large burn area from 2017 fires but fire weed grew brightly along the sides of the trail. A volunteer for the forest service asked to check my permit since there are new permit rules this year in this area.
The last mile of the trail was on exposed lava fields with no trees and views for as far as the eye can see. It wasn’t fun to walk on but at least it was pretty around me. I made it to McKenzie pass and was offered a ride into Sisters by Big Bird’s ride. I gladly took it and made it back to Bend fairly quickly and showered at Cody’s before heading to my hotel to wait for Robin. I grabbed dinner with Planner and Thankful later at night. It was so nice to see them again.