Haha another title I don’t even understand.
Today should be pretty good, looked like a nice downhill into town. I hit a small patch of snow and that nice Sheep Spring within the first hour, where I saw some other hikers. Of course they all passed me, oh well. But then I was alone, except for the TONS of weekend dayhikers out to see wildflower wonderland. I was too eager to get to town to take pics but it was great! Except I kinda wanted someone to give me props for being a PCT hiker, but I think no one knew bc I wear a dress, and have a small-looking pack. Ugh. Even as dirty as I was which you could see in the border pic from yesterday.
I reaaaally wanted to get to town so started zooming on the downhill. However, there were distractions! About halfway I hit a perma-trail magic with a cooler full of sodas and a lounge chair! Don’t mind if I do! Also I had reception so I sent some txts to 2 of my friends. Not really sure what the plan is for tonight, but I saw there was a hot springs and it was cheap and I luuuuurve hot springs. There’s a hostel also but not sure if it’s booked.
Ok- resume zooming! Except, again a distraction, there was a water faucet in another couple miles with a picnic table and again reception. I don’t know why I was wanting to text today- maybe it was getting into Oregon? IDK. I ate jelly beans for way too long and finally set off again, maybe at like 3 or 4pm. I got to the Callahan’s turn off path which was a lil sketch, but actually just fine- just a lot of overgrowth. I learned later that a lot of hikers don’t do that alt bc HIKE EVERY SINGLE STEP ON THE PCT TO CANADA! For me, oh pleaaaaase. IDK, you do you, but don’t judge me. I like my Adventure Time when I can take it thankyouverymuch.
When I got to the road Triple S and Chipmunk were there trying to hitch. Yay! They had already been to Callahan’s and said it was meh. Also- the hostels were full, bummer- but luckily they were down with my hot springs idea. Yay, Europeans! Other Amerikanski’s didn’t seem too thrilled by the hot springs. I didn’t want to go straight there tho bc I was super hungry and wanted to get some shopping done if I could. They already ate.
We managed to get a hitch from a friendly outdoor adventures type lady. I called the hostels but they were both full, so made plans with the boys to meet at the hot springs later. I asked if I could get dropped off in town. Went into an outdoor store and bought a new canister, but couldn’t even concentrate for whatever else I needed so went downstairs to a Thai restaurant. I had a huge bowl of Tom Kha AND Pad Kee Mao which tasted amazing but was way too much. So I went outside and was trying to figure out what to do, I literally could not even sit up bc bloatathon. Maybe there was some MSG going on, who knows. Sometimes rice f’s me up too. So I’m lying down on this park bench taking pictures of the hippies
bc I literally Can’t Even and then this lady is like, uh, are you ok? Great, I am being mistaken for a homeless person. Except, I’m not! It’s a lady who works at Seiad Valley, who recognized me from 2 days ago. She had just driven some hikers from SV up to Ashland who I guess were skipping? I was really surprised how many people were trying to skip that section. It was hot and a lil smoky, but not THAT bad. Plus I think uphills are the Worst (most hikers think downhills are the Worst) but even I did it without a crazy amount of fuss. U-du-U. Anyway I guess the dress gave it away.
“My mom said, ‘Does that girl know she has a bunch of holes in the butt of her dress?’ I told her probably, and it likely doesn’t matter either way.”
Word. Tho I was about to get a new outfit since there were additional holes higher up giving me slight pack sores.
Anyway she said she could give me a ride to the hot springs, which were located out of town, in about an hour. I basically laid there digesting and then we were good to go.
The hot springs outside Ashland were pretty much the perfect way to get into the local vibe. I got checked in by a dude with a giant straw hat with feathers in it, who was also wearing a t-shirt about medicinal mushrooms, and a sequined skirt (also no shoes). He gave me the lowdown and then I went over to set up my campsite. I saw Triple S’s and Chipmunk’s tents so setup near them. The “hot springs” were just a big pool that was heated, not even that hot really, but I still dug. I like to go nude usually at hot springs but it was a weekend and a billion people and co-ed, eh, meh. To be honest a lot of people there who were subtly checking each other out, especially pervy old men and women. I hate that so was glad I left sports bra and underwear on. Eventually I got out, grabbed a sparkling water from the snack shop and then went over to my camp. I saw that I’d gotten a text from Quickstart/Grouse, she was down to camp at hot springs! Yay! Finally she came and we spent first night cowboy camped and giggling and being silly, catching up. I was very stoked to have a hiking partner for the first time really. We will see if it works, I was nervous because her group was very fast, I caught up with them in towns mostly.