July 25th, 2020

Idaho Falls, ID > Bend, OR

The new tires are the bomb! In addition, I got some new springs, and my van is driving completely differently now. I definitely feel the difference going around curves and gravel roads.
Link to springs: Sumo Springs

When I left Idaho Falls I headed to Boise to see some friends. I got to spend the day with my buddies from the festival world, and they even bought me a cake for my birthday! I stayed the evening with them, and then left early the next day for Washington. I had about 8 days to kill, so I decided to head North to see my girlfriends from college for my birthday. I am so glad I did! One of them is in Winthrop and the other Seattle, so we were able to rendezvous in the beautiful Cascade mountains. We went rafting and hiking and had an amazing meal with a wonderful group of women. These ladies mean the world to me and I am so glad that I was able to see them both.

After I left Winthrop, I ended up staying one night in Seattle with my friend, and then began heading west to Olympic National Park. I met up with my friend Kevin, who is another vanlifer, and we got to spend a few days exploring the park. The first night we stayed at Sadie Campground and the second night we stayed at Lyre River Campground.
Links to the campsites below:
Sadie Creek Campground
Lyre River Campground
List of hikes we did in Olympic:
Hall of Moss
– Easy 1.1 mile hike through an old moss forest
Ancient Grove – Easy .5 mile hike through more old growth and forest
Olympic Hot Springs Trail – About 24 miles roundtrip. I highly recommend taking a bike on this trip, because about 20 of the miles is an old road leading to a campground before the road got washed out. It was a pretty tough bike ride going up 2200 feet, BUT the ride back down was a blast! We got there a little late and ended up biking back down in the dark, which was also a lot of fun. It wasn’t my favorite hot springs I’ve been to. The pools were very full of sediment and they were sulphur springs.

We parted ways yesterday and I began heading south to Oregon. I stayed with an old friend in Bend and am making my way south to Ashland to link up with some old trail buddies to hike on the PCT. We are planning a 10-day stretch starting from Crater Lake > North. This is so exciting for me, since I will be getting back on the trail that I left in 2016 when I went home to be with my dog. We are starting back up where I left off, and I am so looking forward to getting back on the trail.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir

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