If you’re out on the east side of the state and want to hear us talk about our PCT trek, we’ll be at Christ the King Lutheran Church this coming Sunday, May 17th. Our presentation will start after a potluck following the service – come for as much of the morning as you’d like, but we’ll probably get going shortly after noon. Here is some publicity from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Looking forward to seeing folks there!
The local newspaper published an article today about the upcoming presentation at Sunnyside Library in Clackamas – take a look.
I’m doing another presentation at Hollywood Library Meeting Room on Weds, March 11 at 6:15 PM. Space is limited, so you’ll want to sign up soon (it’s filling fast).
We continued to be gratified in how much interest there is in our experience on the trail!
I just read this blog post by hiker Joan West on her blog called Rambling Hemlock. The post is entitled How to Have a Successful Hike and it’s well worth reading, especially by those of us who will never be thru-hikers! Definitely worth your time!
Hey, all – Just want to let you know that Dave and I are continuing to talk about our experience on the PCT and you’re welcome to join us.
We are co-presenting (40 Days in the Wilderness: Finding Middle Ground) on Sunday, 1/11 at Creator Lutheran in Clackamas after the 9 AM service (so probably starting by 10:20 or so). We’ll be heading for the coast to do a presentation at Atonement Lutheran in Newport on Sunday, March 22nd (time yet to be determined, but probably midday).
I am doing solo presentations for the public around the Portland area as well, switching to a slightly different focus (Going WILD: How Ordinary People Can Walk the Pacific Crest Trail Like We Did) starting tonight at the Hollywood Library in SE Portland (sorry – that’s pretty late notice) and repeating it on Weds,. 2/4 at the Sunnyside Library in Clackamas, starting at 6:30 PM.
I’ll try to remember to post if more opportunities arise to come and hear the talk and see the great pictures that make us feel SO lucky to have done this great adventure!
If you are in the Portland area and would like to hear us talk about our PCT trek through Oregon (and see more pictures), here is an opportunity! The J.O.Y. group at St. Luke Lutheran has invited us to speak about our adventure, and they are inviting anyone interested to attend:
(Almost) 40 Days in the Wilderness: Our Pacific Crest Trail trek through Oregon with Bishop Dave and Gretchen Brauer-Rieke. Tuesday, 11/11 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 6845 SW 46th Ave. Portland. Potluck lunch starts at noon – bring some food to share and your own plate and eating utensils. Program will start at 12:45. Everyone is welcome.
We hope to have some time for Q&A, so bring those questions!
Gretchen here – Okay, I know that Day 40 is discontinuous from the other 39, but it offers a sense of completion for our trek, at least for me. Those of you who read the Day 37 post know that it was a negative experience for us – we were walking north of Lolo Pass in a thick dark cloud of rain and wind, shaking with cold, unable to see anything other than the water-covered trail in front of us. I really wanted a do-over – I wanted to see what we didn’t see the first time and to redeem that unhappy experience of the trail.
So yesterday, two weeks after completing our trek, Dave and I drove to Lolo Pass and walked half of that section again. This time, the weather forecast was for sun – zero percent chance of rain!
Immediately, we could see Mt. Hood beautifully behind us, and it was in full view on the return trip. Of course, we’ve taken many pictures of Mt. Hood on our trek, but the perspective is always changing as we move around it. And this one is probably even more beautiful due to the passage of those two weeks.
We also discovered that the trail passes Lost Lake, which is downhill and to the east – and since neither of us has seen Lost Lake before, this was a first.
On the west side, we passed the Bull Run Watershed, source of Portland’s drinking water – very well protected! We could only see just the very tip of the lake from a distance.
We walked for about 7.5 miles until we reached the first of the major talus slopes on the west side of the ridge – that was a goal of mine. Those western talus slopes were the nadir of our Day 37 hike, with strong cold gusts of wind pushing the rain uphill, soaking us – but today, we sat in the sun eating lunch, completely protected from the breezes coming from the east. Yup – that’s better!
New on this trail were several blow-downs not present two weeks ago, probably a result of last week’s strong east winds.
So Day 40 – a completion – was a great day of hiking – just ask the dogs, who loved it!
Now I feel well and truly finished.
Dave here. I’ve posted my reflections now as well – also as a page rather than a post. I think Gretchen and I may miss blogging as much as some of you have said you’ve enjoyed reading what we write. We also do laundry, cook, swat mosquitos and see things here at home, but we’ll spare you the details. It’s probably for the best – for all of us!! So, blogger out.