Friday, August 19, 2011

August 18, 2011

Start: 1710
End: 1727
We made good mileage yesterday, leaving us with an easy 17 mile hike to get to the road, and a ride into Ashland. We got started hiking around 7am and almost immediately found a bit of trail magic near Mt Ashland, where a couple of hikers
from years past had left two coolers full of cold sodas! They were delicious! It was all downhill from there, quite literally.
The rest of the miles went easily and we stopped for lunch around noon before hiking the final 4 miles down to the road. Right before arriving at the road we came across our second helping of trail magic for the day. A fellow hiker, Holden, who was taking a couple days off, left some PBR and soda just before Old Hwy 99 crossing. It was great to see, especially since 12 Ounce and I had bought beer for him in Etna and just told him to pass it on!
Once at the road, my great-aunt Mitzi picked us up and drove us into town. We mentioned that we wanted to go to a thrift shop to find outfits to wear to the play that night, so Mitzi suggested the Goodwill, which turned out to be a treasure trove of dapper dress. I will simply let the picture tell the rest of the story.

After Goodwill, we went back to Mitzi's for a late lunch and to get cleaned up before heading over to Ken and Mellisa's for dinner, and then on to the play. The play we saw was "The Imaginary Invalid" and it was fantastic! But perhaps more importantly, we got some great comments on our attire from the other patrons. After the play we went out for FroYo at the Yogurt Hut and then off to bed, well after hiker midnight.
It is always fun to come into towns and experience a little of what they have to offer, which in this case was the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the wonderful hospitality of Mitzi, Ken, Melissa, and Helena. Thank you all!
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