“I rolled in horse poop. I barfed in the tent. I chased a deer. It was a good day.”
- Oscar, July 30, 2013
I needed to check on the conditions for an early-August trip to the Goat Rocks, so Oscar and I decided do a quick overnight recon trip the week before. Our route took us up Nannie Ridge to Cispus Pass, an overnight at Sheep Lake, and a return to Walupt Lake via the PCT to make a loop. Aside from a few mosquitoes and biting flies, it was darn near perfect: great flowers, a tiny bit of snow, and warm, sunny weather. We started from the Walupt Lake trailhead around noon and made it to Sheep Lake a couple hours later. I set up our camp, Oscar said hello to a nice couple from Seattle, and then we took our dinner up to Cispus Pass for a couple hours of mountain t.v. and relaxing. The next day we got up early and hiked back to Walupt along the PCT. We ran into the Sheep Lake Seattle backpackers at the trailhead and offered them a ride back to Snowgrass Flat, where their car was parked. They had been thinking about walking the road or using a mishmash network of logging roads and horse trails to get back. Bill and I had been in a similar situation in the Goat Rocks in 2006 and our trail angels drove us all the way back to our car at Walupt Lake from White Pass. I had some serious hiking karma to pay forward and was happy to help them out.
About a month after this trip, I received a package in the mail. I didn’t recognize the return address or handwriting and opened it with some hesitation. I snipped off the end of the envelope and turned it upside down. A sandwich bag of dried fish landed onto the dining room table. Puzzled, I reached into the envelope and pulled out a card with a photo of Mt. Adams on it. It read:
[We] just wanted to thank you for the lift from Walupt Lake. It was great to meet both you and the wiley Oscar and it cut out a dusty and long downer of a piece of trail. Sorry it’s taken a while to get this [bag of dried fish] off to you. We wanted to send a goodie along. The treat is for Oscar (though we did consider sending gummie bears for you) and is from a local animal care store we like. Cod skins- who knew!
L and A