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Waking next to the stream, we slept in until 5:30 this morning and steadily made our way up soft grades of forest. Oregon so far has had great tree cover, and we were exposed very little today. The heat was worse than yesterday, sadly, and the water sources further apart. By 5 pm when we made it to a “lake” 22 miles in, we were both so ready for a swim that the murky pond we got, with brown gunk that rose up in the water when you stepped, was worth the dunk.
We finally got views at the end of the day, our first views in Oregon ❤️ it sure is gorgeous!
But we also finally got news about our first fire that could impact our hike. There is a 36 acre burn area just two miles from the PCT that so far has not closed trail but has the potential to force us to hitch around a very long stretch if the fire spreads. The fire as of now is about 80 miles ahead of us, before our next resupply. We are very hopeful this fire will be contained, but it’s putting the reality of wildfire impacts at the front of our brains.