I had explosive diarrhea all morning and was not feeling too good.
|Bryoria, Letharia and Usnea Lichen Rainbow|
|Letharia columbiana lichen|
Thru-hikers had written stuff on every single diamond on the trail. Many of them had written their trail names on the markers. I found it interesting, but did not think it was a good thing.
|Every marker had writing on it|
|Our one gallon cache with the two empty 2 liter |
bottles are from our first water cache.
We would have to go back for our tent pole, my tent cannot stand up to thunder storms without its one back pole. I knew that I could not drag my daughter 5.5 miles back to the tent and then 5.5 miles back to 138 and even if I could, we would not have enough water for the next day. So I devised a plan to hitch back to where the road parallels the trail, bushwhack one mile in to retrieve the tent pole and then hitch back to Mazama Village to get water and to get an extra days worth of food out of the hiker box there. Then we would hitch back to highway 138, spend the night there and restart our hike to Thieson Creek in the morning.
|nice place to bushwhack!|
|Right where I left it|
|Right where I left her|
They happily agreed to give us a ride! They were from Colombia and I talked to them about my visit to Panama and asked them if Colombia really was as dangerous and our news makes it sound like. They said no, Colombia is safe as long as you don’t go to the wrong places and sometimes watching the news in the USA makes them scared of their own country, but they know that it is safe there.
|Inside the car of the Colombains, Laura and Filipe who gave us a ride to Mazama.|
They are standing outside waiting for the road construction to end
|Dangerous road construction project!|
|L-R Cree, Bugs/Mugs? and I forget at the Mazma|
Laundry Mat on August 5th thanks for the help!
|It's tent city as through hikers dry out their|
lightweight shelters at Mazama Village at Crater
Lake National Park on August 5th.
|Through hikers dry out their tents at|
Mazama Village in Crater Lake National
Park on August 5th
At this point I realized that I was not thinking straight and that the elevation was to blame. For four hours we wandered around lost and confused trying to get a ride. Finally a thru-hiker was able to point out to us where the road out was, she also told me where the thru-hikers were camping and invited us to join them if we could not get a ride.
In the morning wee could hike up the Mount Thieson Trail along Thieson Creek and have water most of the way. What luck for us to get a ride to Diamond Lake!
Maybe that is why it took all day for us to get a ride; this bit of luck was just waiting for us. It turned out that the man was part of a couple; his wife was behind him also driving a truck but towing a boat. They had come all the way from Nevada in two pickup trucks. They were going to spend the week camping and fishing with their kids at Diamond Lake. They were both ex-truck drivers and I felt like I had a lot in common with them.
|Finally a ride out of Mazama at 8pm the trailer in |
front was part of the convoy that took us out.
At the campground we stumbled out of their truck and found ourselves a camp spot for the night in the dark. We were exhausted, hot, tired and elevation sick. I did not pitch the tarp. I told my daughter that we could take a nero or a zero day in the morning to make up for the hard time we had getting out of Mazama.
The camp hosts agreed to let us pay in the morning since I did not have change and we had been dropped on in the dark and we had not been expecting to stay the night in a car campground.
I had a headache again tonight.