PCT: last day in Oregon

PCT Oregon

Noelle here:

Its 5:34am and Steve just left the van for his last day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon. I couldn’t be happier for him! The next time I see him will be this evening at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks. Well I guess technically it’ll be about five miles before that. I looked at the elevation map last night and decided I would hike in to the base of the last hill he’s coming down, an almost 5000 foot descent! Yeah, I don’t need to climb that thing! 😂

Guthook Screenshot

Guthook Aug 26

Steve has flown through Oregon, so fast. Parts of it are a blur to me of dusty, pot-holed roads and one-lane streaks of asphalt which left me with a pounding heart and sweaty palms. I definitely journeyed to more backcountry roads in this section!

As we were heading to Olallie Lake the other day, we were in a one way section when a semi-truck came barreling down about 35 mph and no slowing whatsoever. I barely had time to swerve to the “shoulder” and pause. For about five seconds there was silence in the van. Then all four of us let out expletives and cries of rejoicing. “Did you see his face? He didn’t even glance our way!!!” “Holy F#*k!” may have come out of more than one of our mouths!

Anyway, back to today. 😏 what a wild ride we’re on. Oregon showed us so many lakes

PCT Oregon

Oregon Lakes

and mountains

PCT Oregon

Steve and Mt Hood

and lava

PCT Oregon

Little tree in the middle of lava

and deer!

PCT Animals

Deer posing for pics

We shared good beer, great conversations and a lot of laughter with new friends and some older ones.

PCT hikers

Red Teakettle and Sleepy Gallivanter

We got to see my sister, Trish and our brother in law, Ben at Mt Hood. What a highlight! I was on pins and needles all day waiting to see them. We laughed and laughed!

Timberline Lodge

Timberline with Trish and Ben

Today, Steve is walking his last 34 miles of Oregon. He set the alarm for 4:00 so he could leave at 5. He hit snooze three times after seeing how dark it still was outside. Part of me wanted to just snuggle up beside him and sleep for a few more hours. Part of me wanted to kick him out the door so he’d get started!

We’re heading to my sister’s house tonight and then tomorrow I get to see my Dad. He’s moved up to Washington into assisted living since we’ve been out here. I can’t wait to see him. And our kids and our grandkids! I’m literally bubbling with excitement.

Part of my excitement, though, is that on my last day in Oregon, I get to stay on paved roads. 🎉🎊🍾 I can’t wait to see everyone. I really cannot wait to take a shower! I haven’t had one since last month! That sounds dramatic, but really it was July 30th, so not even two full weeks. 🤣🤣🤣

But for today, I’m concentrating on sending good thoughts to Steve as he completes another huge step in this adventure! ❤️


  1. Anonymous

    I was smiling the whole time as I read your post. Oregon PCT is truly a beautiful site. Steve is doing an amazing job, and you are too as you enter this last leg of your journey. Wishing you the best💗😊

    God be with you,
    Liz from FresnoRetro

  2. David Peterson

    Noelle & Steve,

    Your post seems to put a smile on my face each time I read them. Today, even a bit more as my “mug” showed up in the collage of pictures. I always find a connection in what you are experiencing to my own short journey on the PCT. Thank for sharing your tales of the trail with us.

    Red Teacup

    • mcgarveysan

      Thanks Red! It really was a joy to meet you! We saw Pickles at PCT Days. How fun!

  3. Paul Carone

    Great job Steve, hope to see you when you finsh your trip.


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