Date: July 16 – 18, 2017
Miles: 1701.4 – 1738.6
The first thing that I looked forward to after reaching Oregon was getting to the eccentric town of Ashland. I wanted good things to eat, upper scale grocery stores, and all the hippie vibes. We first hit up Callahan’s lodge where, despite some dismissive customer service, we enjoyed a bunch of food and relaxed a bit before hitching to town to resupply. The Shop n Kart had a great selection of food and a natural foods section that smelled like patchouli (that reminded me of home…). When we were done, we got a ride from a local trail angel, Jennifer, whom we met through Joe Dirt, another hiker we recently met. Jennifer took us all to her ranch outside of town and we had such a wonderful time with her and her husband that we decided to stay an extra day. They were truly some of the most welcoming people that we met during our hike. We laid around, ate tasty things, played with the dogs and then, somewhat regretfully, left Jennifer’s place and headed back to the trail.