September 6, 2017
Dee Fire Station to Hood River
Hood River to Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods to Mile 2154.5
Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike: Day 124
Morning came and we walked the remaining 13 miles into Hood River, stopping once to nap on the side of the highway, and once at Kickstand for the best sandwiches of all time. The lady also gave us free donuts. The were the softest cake donuts ever.
Two cars stopped on our road walk. The first to see what was up and the second to give us water and warn us about inhaling smoke.
Once back at Roy and Danielle’s, they walked us to a point near the river where we could just touch the river, out on the sand bar to fulfill a technicality of crossing by foot from Oregon into Washington. Danielle picked us up and took us across the Hood River bridge, up to S-14, all the way to Stevenson, up to the Skamania lodge, and finally to the Bridge of the Gods. We saw the group of hikers that flipped north to the border—the group with the girl who, just before Lassen couldn’t decide between thru-hiking alone and flipping up with her trail family. And here we were, now both in the same position.
We saw the billowing smoke near Cascade Locks. We could hardly see anything else. We were allowed to walk just to the middle of Bridge of the Gods and then back, fufilling a technicality to again cross the border from the other direction.
Our ascent up 3,100 feet took us to camping under the power lines of the Bonneville Dam. We couldn’t see any of the fire. We probably have about 20 days of hiking left, and that is more odd than it is sad.