We both slept well last night and we were greeted with smokey skies again. The visibility was less that a quarter mile. We did some research online and there were lots of reports from other hikers that most of Oregon and Northern California has really poor air quality due to the huge fires that were still burning. We made the tough decision to leave Oregon and Northern California for another year. Hiking in the smoke is not healthy and it’s really not very fun. We packed up and headed to the road to hitch into Hood River and get a rental car. From there we plan on going to Southern California to pick up our truck and start our next adventure of finding a new town to call home.
When we started out on this journey, we expected it to be about being in nature and the breathtaking views. While the views have been amazing, we were overwhelmed with the people we’ve met from hikers to trail angels. The kindness extended to us in the trail towns. People along the way have restored our faith in human kindness.
Thank you all for following our adventure over the last four months. We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to hike over 1,500 miles of wilderness this year. Thank you to all the trail angels, fellow hikers, friends and family that have helped us in so many ways. We will be forever changed by this experience and hope to bring this new perspective with us as we return to civilization.