When I decided I was going to thru hike the PCT, I ramped up the obsession stage of planning. It’s an important part of planning because you can learn so much and there are so many resources out there with the interwebs and all. I did a lot of journal and video searches, and one video in partcular really got me excited for the trail. It was this 3-minute video of a guy who took a bunch of self-takes and artistically put them together into a video to a great song. It inspired me to keep working towards this next thru-hike, and if I was having a bad day at work, I’d play it and it would cheer me up… because that’s what I was workin’ towards!
Watch the video HERE. It’s awesome. And be sure to watch until the end!
The guy in that video is Kolby Kirk, or Condor (his trail name). We met him in his hometown of Bend, Oregon and hung out with him! We were a little star struck. Not only is he a PCT hiker with all kinds of advice, he has this sweet video that went viral throughout the hiking community! We talked about the PCT, good beers, and we even had the chance to go for a hike. And since he lives there, he was able to direct us right towards the best spots in the city.
His first recommendation for us was the Northwest Crossing Spring Festival. There were food vendors, so we all had a corn dog, of course. We drank some good beer from the local Deschutes brewery, listened to Black Prarie (the Decemberists minus their lead singer) play live on the small stage. And then we hooked up with Kolby and planned to meet him the next day for a hike.
What’s with the number? Well, Kolby is doing this cool project called “100 hikes.” He vows to take 100 hikes in 2013, and he just happened to be on hike 47 when we came through. It was a fun honor to be a part of his project and to see the art behind it. On every one of his hikes he finds something in the surroundings to “draw out” the hike number. We saw a lot of pumice stone, so that’s what we used. It was quite the project to get it just right!
After the number was completed, we hiked on to Dillon Falls further up the Deschutes River. We enjoyed some pretty, light and fluffy snow flurries, great trail, conversation, laughs and views… oh yeah… and a great falls! We ended up hiking about 6-1/4 miles by the time we were done.
Some views from the hike:
After the hike we grabbed dinner at another local brewery and went back to Kolby’s house for a movie. When we woke up in the morning it was snowing. Hard. Even though we were having a great time in Bend, we really needed to get on the road and drive south… away from stinkin’ winter! We made it to Weed, CA where we stopped for the night. It was still pretty cold out, but at least it wasn’t white outside!
We had a really nice time in Oregon, and I hope to get back there again someday to do some more exploring.
Other highlights from our visit in Oregon – through photos: