Today started in a similar manner to yesterday, but finished in a more productive way. Yesterday, a friend of 12 Ounce, Hilary, came over to Bend to visit, and the three of us slept in and went out to breakfast before going back to Mat's house to pack up our gear. Hilary was kind enough to give us a ride back to the trail on her way back to Newport. She even hiked a few miles with us! Thanks Hilary!
After we parted ways, 12 Ounce and I continued up the trail past Three Finger Jack, and on to Rockpile Mountain. Since we got a bit of a late start, we camped at Rockpile Lake after only 15 miles. It is really nice to get to camp early and just hang out for a bit before getting bundled in the tent. There are also much fewer bothersome bugs here, which makes it possible to hang out outside of the tent!
Along the hike today we caught glimpses of the Three Sisters, Mt Washington and Mt Jefferson, as well as a wildfire that is burning NE of Mt Washington. We also heard there is a wildfire burning in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness (our current location) but not near the PCT.
Tomorrow we expect to get in a few more miles than today and set ourselves up for an attempt at a 44 mile day. Should be interesting!
Sent from the PCT