Eagle Creek 440 Trail

18 Apr

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April 15, 2014 Eagle Creek Trail 440

I was really glad to discover Ainsworth campground. A good thing about the campground is that the A row of parking and the walk in tent camping is right up next to the wilderness forest, right at the base of a huge mountain. The B row is alongside the highway. But they have a nice spot, good water pressure and very hot water, the main things i like. Plus, there must be 100 waterfalls in the area and a hundred miles of trails to walk on. It’s very beautiful. I woke up in Ainsworth campground. I fell asleep until about 6:30am then i got up and made coffee. I wanted to get going on another hike, but i didn’t know where i was going for sure. When that happens, i just drive, and then i find out on the way. Well i had to wait quite awhile for the camp host to open the payment box, so i was looking around at their brochures and flyers, and thats when i found all the maps to all the main waterfalls in the area, plus to the whole Gorge area. Then i knew why i had to wait around for the camp host. Because now i had maps and walking distances, to everything. So i looked at the map and i quickly figured out where i was going for the day. First, i was going to go to Elowah Falls. 289 feet ! Then, after that, i was going to go back the other way on the scenic highway, and look at three waterfalls on that end, which are Bridal Veil, Sheppards Dell and Latourell. Now i don’t even pay attention to the names of the waterfalls, because it’s pretty ridiculous. They named Latourell after some loggers that went in there and clear cut all the old growth forest. Many of the ancient names of the falls have been lost and forgotten. So i don’t care what the name of it is. I just go there to see it. Like one waterfall, they named after some guy that worked for the Forest Service. OK. Well, anyway, I decided only to go see those four waterfalls and save a few for another time. Now that i had maps, i made a good plan. So off i go to the first stop, Elowah Falls. And next thing i know, i drive right up to Horsetail Falls. Oops . I went the wrong way. I get all turned around when i am a tourist. So i went and saw Horsetail Falls next, and it is right next to the road. And very beautiful. So then, ok, now i’m going to go in the right direction and go see Elowah Falls. I went up the road, and it is quite a ways. It is the old highway, so it goes here and there. I was getting close to where the Elowah Falls must be, but i can’t find them. Somehow, the map says they are on this road, but they are not. So i’m driving up the road, trying to find the falls, and next thing i know, i am forced onto the on ramp of the interstate highway going east. Oops. Now there really went my plan. Well, now i’m going east on the freeway, so that must mean we are going to see Bridge of the Gods and the Bonneville Dam driveby first, and then on the way back, stopping off to see the falls as i had planned. So here we go up the freeway, and that’s when i saw the giant Rainbow! It was so bright! I was very happy to see it. So then i went by Bonneville, and i couldn’t see much as i drove by on the freeway. I kept going north, because i wanted to see this thing i saw on the map that they called the Bridge of the Gods. So i drove up to Cascade Locks on the freeway and followed the Bridge of the Gods signs until i found the so called bridge of the gods that you have to pay a dollar to drive over to Washington State. But first, just before the Bridge of the Gods, there is a trailhead parking lot for the bridge of the Gods. So i went in there, and i found out there are hiking trails in that area. So i thought, hmm this is also where the Pacific Crest trail is, and also it goes to the EAgle Creek trail i read about online. Well, it must be for us to go on a hike in the future, because i already had figured out my plans for the day. So i left there, and went and drove across the bridge of the Gods, a bridge that goes from Oregon to Washington. I looked around over on the Washington side, and i saw that this was just a normal type of bridge. So, i was like , what? Then , i realized, the reason i came over here is because today i was going to go on the Eagle Creek hike i read about at the Bridge of the Gods trailhead! Very cool! Because this was said to be a 12 mile roundtrip hike along the Gorge and had several waterfalls, including Punchbowl Falls, upper and lower, also some others. That meant that this hike was going to take all day, and i wouldn’t get back til dark, and that meant that i was going to get to stay another night in the campground! It was a very happy moment for me when i figured out what we were doing. Because i thought we were heading back home today instead. So i went back across the bridge and gave that lady another dollar. Then , i went to the trailhead. And it is another of my many blessings that i have been given so many one dollar bills. Because they come in so handy sometimes. Like going across the bridge, and also, paying the fee to go on the hike and even taking showers for two dollars. So i went back to the parking lot and got ready for the hike. This time i only took 5 apples and one pound of almonds and 1.5 liter of water. But it was drizzly and rainy, and i didn’t know whether it might rain or it might even downpour, so i wore my jacket and my sweatshirt, and carried dry shirts and socks too. Just in case. Then i headed out the trail at about 10:17am. And i had the perfect time, because i calculated my time to go round trip would be exactly perfect to get back at dark. So i headed up the trail, and then i began thinking about the Pacific Crest Trail, and how i was walking on it, a little bit. It was very fun. I followed the signs, and went up the road, and found the signs and started heading up into the woods. However, the names on the signs were not the names i was looking for. I wanted to go to Eagle Creek 440 trail, and this was not it. Why not? Before i went too far into the woods, i began to think , why was this. I followed the trail and the signs from the trailhead all the way, so this had to be right. Or was it? Then i figured out, the trail goes two directions. North, and south. I went south instead. So when i figured this out, i turned around, and headed back. No problem. I only used about half an hour doing that. I still had plenty of time. But now i figured out that today, we were going to be doing something a little different.

Usually Mother tells me not to rush on the trail. But today i understood that i was going to do what i learned about before. Which is hurrying without rushing. What i was going to do was move quickly without rushing to the turnaround tree, then once there, i could walk slowly back and take my time. OK. Today my backpack was feeling better already. I only had 5 apples, and i ate one right away, so i didn’t have to carry so many. I finally found the trail going to the north, and it actually took me over to the Cascade Locks Trailhead, another hike to go on. It also is the State Trail to EAgle Creek, which is the one i wanted. Finally, about 11am i found the right trail, and it was flat and paved, and i felt like i was taking the freeway to Eagle Creek. After hiking up steep rugged trails the past few days, this flat ground was really nice for walking on. Except i prefer dirt trails to pavement. I was just cruising over to Eagle Creek. That trail takes you by Ruckle Creek and some pretty scenery. It also takes you through a tunnel that goes all the way under I84 freeway. I got over to Eagle Creek, then i realized i could also have taken the Gorge 400 Trail and gotten there. Eagle Creek is a very pretty setting, right alongside the creek. Which to me is more like a river. I saw a lot of birds, colored singing birds and ducks too. And also, on this hike i saw a lot of flowers. I got to the trailhead at EAgle Creek and looked at their map. I saw the trail goes some 14 miles or more, much farther than i can go. But, also saw that 6 miles up the trail is Tunnel Falls, which has a tunnel that you can walk behind the falls. So i thought, this is it, this is the falls i have been looking for, the ones you can walk behind. So knew then i was going to go another six miles up this trail to Tunnel Falls and turn around. The only way i can do so is if i go quickly without rushing. But this hike had many rewards – Punch Bowl falls and several other falls on the way. So i was happy again. Now this Eagle creek trail is rated Easy, which is a lot easier than Wahkeena or Angels Rest. Now i began to appreciate all those tough hikes i went on previously. Now i feel like going up Eagle Creek is like going for a walk in the park. Very cool feeling! And i had to move quickly, because according to my calculations, my plans had changed, and now, if i went quickly then i would walk back the last hour in the dark. Which would be OK, because it would be the paved trail going back. So no problem. Suddenly, i found out i was in the middle of a 17 mile hike. But it had Tunnel Falls as the turnaround tree, so i was very game. So i took off up the trail, and it is very stunning. Spectacular. It’s so amazing. I can’t describe the feeling when you are walking through the forest, and you come around a corner, and suddenly, boom, right there in front of you is a 150 foot tall waterfall! It’s amazing. It’s so beautiful there. I also learned another thing from my hike on Monday going up to Angels Rest. And that is, God told me, take pictures mostly on the second half of the hike, on the way home. Otherwise, i will use up my batteries and not be able to take pictures of everything, as i did on Monday. So i took pictures sparingly on the first half, in order to have batteries left over at the end. Monday i was trying to video a bluejay walking in the trail, when right behind the bluejay a small bunny hopped across the trail. It was so cool, and my batteries were out. Anyway, i started booking out Eagle Creek trail, realizing i was going to walk back slow, and take my time. I was only hurrying to the turnaround point. Well, it’s a stunning hike, i highly recommend it. My second favorite hike. Its very wonderful. There are a few places the trail is only a few inches wide, on the edge of a cliff. But fortunately, they put a handrail there, so you can hang on for dear life. Because if you let go, it’s hundreds of feet over the edge of the cliff. That made me think , Jesus is our Handrail on the straight and narrow way. If we hang on to His Hand, He will never let us go. It is such a beautiful hike. I was going along, and there was a field of wild flowers. I looked at them. Some were bright yellow, some were purple. Some were white and yellow, some were white and red mixed together. The flowers are all different colors of the Rainbow , and combinations of the colors. Nature is very beautiful and diverse. Moving along the hike quickly was easy on this trail, and i just kept going. I got to the halfway point just as i calculated, about twenty minutes late. No problem. I don’t mind walking in the dark. I actually kind of like it. I saw the most beautiful scenery, the river, the waterfalls, birds, ducks, some kind of hawk or falcon, beautiful places to go camping, way out in the wilderness area, it is so amazing. Again, the scenery was just stunning to me. I never knew these places existed, or i would have come here before. Earth Mother said to me that i didn’t have anyone to tell me about these beautiful places. So She said that’s why She told me about them. She said I loved nature and the animals so much that She knew i was going to really love these hikes, and She was very excited to show them to me. I am very grateful She did. I am so grateful She invited me, and She even went with me there. It is so very wonderful. 

On this hike, i had a few hours to think, which hiking helps me do. It seems walking quickly helps me think better. Otherwise, my mind is absorbed by looking at the things around me. I began to understand some things better, while other things still seem a complete mystery to me. Like, why Portland isn’t called Babylon, is a mystery to me. Because it has all the same things, sexual immorality, drug use, violence, hatred towards one another. And then i thought, all my brothers are exactly the same, in some respects. For example, all colors of all my friends like to party and partake, and chase women and try to score etc. Not all of them, but many. All my brothers, no matter what the color have given in to the sins of the flesh. And, all my brothers, no matter what color, they also dislike working, and mean bosses, and jerks. In many ways, we are all exactly alike. Then i began to better understand Satan’s attack on Holy Matrimony, and everything good that God has created. No matter what God has given us that is good, Satan turns it into something dirty and nasty. All the men going around lusting after all the women who are dressing to make men lust after them. I went to Portland, and it reminded me of when i was on the dairy farm and all the cows hung out. Satan takes God’s Procreation act and turns it into homosexuality. That’s why, when we see a homosexual, an abomination, standing in the holy place, that is an abomination desolation. It makes sense to me. I began to understand a little better. Lately i have been giving thought to the scripture statements As it was in the days of Noe, thats what it will be. That could mean a lot of things. Floods, tsunamis, great disaster, etc. But to me, the main theme of the story of Noah is that the world was destroyed because of sin. And many people were also destroyed, and only a few were saved. Another thought i had – along with not outsourcing your banking, and your security, i do not recommend outsourcing your childcare, nor your child’s education. After all, isn’t what goes into your child’s head just as important as what food they put also into their head? I thought of the old days and the ancient native americans who lived in the Columbia Gorge, hundreds of years ago. And they had families, they believed in marriage, they believed in God, yea, they were a Godly people. What it must have been like , to live in a village near the Columbia, with your children running around playing. I bet they never left their mother’s eye sight. Just like a hen and chicks, mothers never separate from their babies in the natural world. And so it must have been a wonder, to live in a place like that, with plenty of food and a beautiful garden to live in. 

When i was on the Angels Rest hike, i had pondered about the almonds, and i imagined that they were magic beans, that give me energy and make me live. Then i asked God if it is OK because i’m always drinking so much coffee. And God said Yes, God made coffee too. And God said, Coffee is a different kind of magic bean that gives me energy. Earth MOther, who is the HOly Spirit did also tell me that She has been preparing me for some time.

Also during my trip, i thought about all the many things that had to happen for me to be able to go on this trip and these beautiful hikes. Which are i had to be freed from my old motel job, to be able to have the time and money for one thing. My old boss tracked me down at my new job, and came asking me to work for him on my days off to fix his phone system. Now i just got three days off, and i don’t want to spend them working. Then my Mother said to me, Would i trade my day off with Her for money? And i said no, no amount of money would i trade rather than spending a day with Her. Other than the days i have to work, because there is no amount of money that is even worth that. Neither do i want any more money. I already have enough. God has already provided me enough, so that i don’t have to work any more days. Also, my vehicle had to be fixed, the days off, the money available. So i thought of all the blessings that i have received, just to make this vacation hiking trip possible. I am very thankful. These were some things i thought about on my hike. However, there was more also. And i hadn’t even reached Tunnel Falls yet, which is the Turnaround Tree for todays hike. 

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Pacific Crest Trail

18 Apr

Pacific Crest Trail

The intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail at Cascade Locks. I read the Pacific Crest trail reaches it’s lowest elevation at 140 feet at the Washington border, Bridge of the Gods.

Cascade Locks State Trail is Paved to Eagle Creek Park

18 Apr

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2.6 miles paved trail, not very steep. Beautiful trail, goes to Eagle Creek picnic area and trailhead. Cascade Locks has an intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Gorge 400 trail, and the State Trail goes to Eagle Creek 440 trail. And, you can also take the Eagle Creek exit, either way. I actually walked on the Pacific Crest trail. Something i thought i would never do. 

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Angels Rest part 2

18 Apr

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Angel’s Rest Part 2

During the Angels Rest hike, i thought about a lot of things that have happened to me in the past year, and are still happening. I will go into more detail, but first i wanted to note that lately, the past few days, i have had some strange things happen. I have been having some sort of premonitions, about odd things. Now last week, on Saturday or Sunday, while i was at work, i began to think about my posture. And i thought about slouching, and how i should pay more attention to having good posture. No big deal. But a couple days later, on Monday, when i was hiking and carrying a backpack full of stuff, and my back muscles were aching, i realized this would help my posture. And so it was that i thought about it, and in a couple days, it also came about. Another thing that happened was i think on Tuesday, i was for some reason thinking about how i could spell the word Star using a star symbol for the A. And i thought, that would be a neat way to spell the word star, as in advertising or whatnot. Then, on Wednesday, i was driving around in Seaside randomly, and i saw a sign for a furniture store that was named Star Furniture. And they used a starfish for the A, just like in my ‘premonition’. Also on Monday i was looking for a waterfall that you could walk underneath, behind it. But i couldn’t find it. But , Wednesday i did find it, somewhere else. Now i don’t know if these are real premonitions. But these are some things that i think about, and later, they seem to come to fruition, somehow. Another weird thing that happened to me Monday night, or Tuesday. After hiking Angels Rest all day, i was pretty tired and took a shower that night at the campground. I noticed the plumbing and the coat hanger etc the general layout of the shower area. Well, the next night, i also took a shower, in the same place. And things had changed. I specifically remember the pipe was towards the wall away from the shower head, and Tuesday, it was on the other side. Plumbing coming out of the wall. Also, i used the coathanger in the shower Monday night, and Tuesday night, it was gone, or moved, and there was a different coathanger on the door. ? Very odd. I figured the only way this could happen, most likely is because i was so tired Monday night that my mind was remembering things differently than they really were. Just some odd coincidences, i suppose. Either that, or something happened Monday night or Tuesday that made things change, somehow. Odd.

During Angels Rest hike i thought about several things. One thing i thought about is how the Peace Books tell us to show our love for our brothers. The Essene Gospel tells us that we show our love for our brothers by using kind and gentle words. I find this interesting, because we express our love using words. We use kind words. And we also say them gently. So we express our love for our brothers by using kind words, in a gentle manner. I think this is a neat concept, and i try to practice it every day. I am a human though, and i am not perfect. So it’s not just the words we choose, it’s also how we use them. Another idea i began to understand better, is when my Mother said i need to practice chewing my food better, also as taught in the Peace Books. We are taught to eat slowly, and chew our food until it becomes water. This suddenly made sense to me, in a logical manner. Because, our stomach doesn’t have teeth, so it can’t do a good job if the teeth haven’t done their job well. If we don’t chew our food well, large chunks of food remain partially undigested. Depending on how we chew, we could be wasting up to 25-50% of our food. Because if not digested, we will pass it through as waste. So, theoretically, we could chew better, and cut down on our food intake, maybe up to 25-50 percent. I always have been a slow eater, since i was a child, and i have been reprimanded many times for not eating fast enough. Everyone else would be done, and they would all be doing the dishes, and i would still be slowly enjoying my meal. Until they started hollering at me to hurry up and get done. So for me, i thought if i eat three apples to feel full, then by chewing better, i could possibly get by on two apples, instead.

So Monday was a wonderful day, a long hike, nice weather. AFter initially being 30mph, the wind slowed down as soon as i reached Angels Rest, and it was not windy for the next three days i stayed there. The sun kept coming in and out behind the clouds, and it was a very nice day. I saw birds here and there. I was tired that day, and i didn’t have the usual mental capacity i usually have, of thinking up things and using keywords to remember them. But it was ok, and i enjoyed the hike very much. After going on the previous hike to Wahkeena and Multnomah Falls, this hike seemed not as exciting, because there are only a couple waterfalls, and i didn’t find any waterfalls to walk behind, as i had thought there would be. I made it back to the truck by 7pm, the perfect time. Earth Mother has been telling me periodically, my timing is perfect. Now She even said, my timing is impeccable. I don’t know how that could be, considering me. I have always been late in the human world, and being on time has never been a big priority to me. I think it is highly overrated, although some people take punctuality way too seriously. So on Monday i hiked from 8am until 7pm. I saw Angels REst, Devils Rest, and some beautiful country on the trails, and one or two waterfalls. I thought, maybe the reason i went to Devils Rest is only so i could tell others not go there, but to go on a waterfall hike instead.
It could be. After the hike, i was tired, and ready for a shower, but i didn’t know where i was going. I thought we were going back to the coast. NOw i have two basic states: i either know where i am going, or else i am trying to figure it out. When i know, i go there directly. When i don’t know, i sometimes feel like i drive around in circles until i do figure it out. I thought i was going back to the coast to Neahkahnie mountain. But i was so tired, and it was so late, i didn’t feel that was possible. So then God made me understand we were going to spend another night! Hurray! I was glad, because of the long drive over there i like to take advantage of being there. So i was excited at the end of the day, and then when i found the state campground, i was even more happier. Because i knew this meant i could go and stay there anytime i wanted. That night was my first night of wearing a backpack around, and i felt it in my shoulders. First time i went on a hike and it caused my back to be sore and tired. And God told me during the hike, God gave us strong backs that we should use them. Because we were made to work, and that’s why it feels good when we do some hard work. And our strength should only be used to give Glory to God and carry out the Works of God, here on Earth. And also, i remembered what they taught me in physical therapy, which they never taught me before. And that is about using my back, my stomach muscles are the greatest support for my lower back, and whenever using my back, i should always tense up my stomach muscles, because they support and protect the spine. The doctor said the stomach muscles are actually stronger and give more protection to the back, than the actual back muscles do, themselves. But i had plenty of energy, i didn’t get cramps. And i was very happy to spend another night and another day. The next morning, because i had checked into the park so late, i had to hang around until 8am to pay. But then i began to feel i understood what was going on better. Because while waiting, i read their literature, and i discovered the state park Ainsworth had all the waterfall information. Here i found detailed maps and detailed driving and walking directions to each of the waterfalls. I hit paydirt. After randomly driving around from waterfall, to trail, i now could use the maps and info to create a plan for the next day. So i went from not knowing what i was doing to knowing exactly what, plus i found the state park and all the maps and information, not just about waterfalls, but about the whole Columbia Gorge area. Including Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville Dam and everything else to see. So even though the hike wasn’t as beautiful, it was still a very wonderful day, and then i figured out that i was going to spend the night, and see a few waterfalls in the morning, then off to Neahkahnie tomorrow afternoon.

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Angels Rest

17 Apr

April 17, 2014

On Sunday i was trying to figure out my plans for my three days off. I knew Neahkahnie mountain, for one, but other than that i wasn’t sure. Sunday night, i came to understand that we were going also back to the Gorge. So i was trying to figure out if we were going to the Gorge first, or Neahkahnie. Then i figured out we were going to the Gorge, and Neahkahnie on the way back. So, at 11pm i decided to go to Portland and get an early start for Monday morning. Because my plan was to go to Angels Rest trailhead, and hike up the hill to the Larch Mt trail, then go to Larch Mt. Now i have been starting to really like hiking, even more. I have begun looking for the longer hikes. To me, the perfect hike on my day off is to leave in the morning, and get back at dark. It’s the longest hike i can go on. Plus, it’s fun, because you have to take food, and then you can have a picnic on the way. You can see the maximum possible by taking all day. Well, because of my late start, i didn’t get to the waterfall area until 2:30am. Then, i had to get everything ready for the morning, so in the morning, i could just grab and go. The pack loaded and everything ready, because i had to get an early start to make it all the way to Larch Mt and back. So i didn’t get to sleep until almost 4am. Then i got up at 7am, so i didn’t have much rest for the night. But i was so excited to see this country again, i woke early and set out for Angels Rest, on the way to Larch Mt. About 8am i got to the trailhead ready to go. I brought 7 apples, one pound of almonds and 1.5 liter of water. A few extra socks and dry shirts and that was it. I got to Angels Rest trailhead and headed up the mountain. It was a little overcast and windy. I just started up the trail and some guy coming down the mountain came up to me and said to me It’s no fun up there today. The wind is blowing about 30 mph. I just ignored him and kept going. I don’t care if it’s windy, and raining or what, I’m going up there. I thought, what did he think i was going to do, turn around and go back? LoL so i headed out. And it was pretty steep trail, but i’m getting more practice at climbing. I thought about that, and God said it’s similar to learning about God. At first we are weak and it’s difficult climbing. But with practice we develop strength and stamina. And it is the same way with our Walk with God. I was anxious to see this place called Angels REst, so i kind of tried to hurry without rushing to get there. Plus i knew i had to get clear to Larch Mt and back. But i also knew that Larch Mt was time dependent. So it was according to the time when i reach the 5 mile point whether i knew if i would be able to make it all the way. Now my average hiking speed i calculated is about 5 miles in 3 hours. Or about 1.7 miles per hour. That’s hurrying. Now i learned about different types of walking too. There is normal walking. There is walking slowly. There is moving quickly without rushing. Then there is jogging and all out running. So for this walk i had to move quickly without rushing. Well, i bit off more than i could chew, and after three hours climbing up the hill, the short night of sleep was taking it’s toll on me. I began to get tired. First though, i reached Angels Rest, which is a very nice viewpoint overlooking the Columbia River. It’s not like some of the other viewpoints, where there is only a bench and a small area. It’s kind of like a park up there, with private viewing areas for ten or twenty or more groups of people. Very nice. When i first got there, the wind was blowing very hard. I thought it might blow me over the cliff. But then, suddenly, the wind calmed down. And the strong breeze became about 10-15. The sun was partially coming out too, and it was warm and very nice. I then had waited to eat until Angels Rest, so i found a secluded spot with a view on the rocks and sat down and ate my lunch. Which was apples and smokehouse almonds.

As soon as i opened the almonds, a small chipmunk appeared just in front of me. I could tell he was sniffing around, because he could smell the almonds. He was about 6 feet away from me. So i reached out and put an almond on the rock, where he could see it, to see if he would come and get the almond. He sniffed around, then he scurried over and grabbed the almond. He took it and began eating it, and soon, i could tell he gave it the chipmunk seal of approval. I had dropped a few almonds around there, and he began to pick them up. In a minute, another smaller chipmunk appeared and also began gathering up the almonds. So i ate lunch with the chipmunks on Angels Rest. Pretty fun. But, no sitting around too long, becuae i was hoping to get to the 5 mile marker by 11:30. There were a few other hikers there as well. It’s funny. NO matter where i go, even if i hike out into the woods 6 miles or so, there is people everywhere. Anyway, the trail continues on uphill from Angels Rest to the intersection with the other trails. So onward and upward i went. Well, i was beginning to have some doubts about Larch Mt. I was unused to carrying a pack, and i only had 3 hours sleep, and after 3 hours of uphill climbing, my feet began to get really hot. So hot, i felt that if my feet had on overtemperature warning light, it would be flashing. And so i decided i was going to have to sit down, take off my shoes, and take a rest. This was going to have to be done. So i found a place i could get off the trail somewhat, took off my shoes, and then i felt the need to just lay down. And i laid down flat on my back on the trail there and i think instantly fell asleep. My feet were so hot and my back was aching from carrrying a pack full of all the stuff i brought, apples etc. Well, the sound of rushing waters and the sound of the breeze in the trees, and the fresh air just was too relaxing i think. In one hour i woke up, surprised i fell asleep. I felt kind of groggy at first, so i had to get up and get going. By this time i pretty much figured Larch Mt was too far for today. The next plan i had was to do a loop hike up to Devil’s Rest, and then back around to the trail back down to Angels Rest and back to my truck by dark. Now the Angels REst is very beautiful lookout, but this hike only has one or two waterfalls on it. So it isn’t as beautiful as Wahkeena. But it was a hike. And EArth Mother had told me previously, She was going to take me on a real hike. And She did. So i had a new plan – Devils Rest. I went up the trail and found i had fallen asleep just before the 5 mile marker. So i climbed another mountain, another 2 miles or so, to get to Devils Rest. When i got there, i thought, why did i go here? Because there is nothing at Devils Rest. Just some trees and rocks. Not even a view. But, then i realized, i was hiking for the enjoyment of hiking, and the enjoyment of the suffering and agony only hiking can give you. So, back down the hill, back to Angels Rest. It is a very beautiful hike, but after seeing Wahkeena Falls and such, nothing can compare. Well, i was expecting to find Coopey Falls and find a waterfall you can walk under. But i never did find it on the Angels REst hike. I got back down the mountain by 7pm. Then, i wasn’t sure what i was supposed to do. First thing was , i knew i needed a shower. But where? I don’t know where any parks or motels are around there. So then i was tired, and hungry, and i wasn’t sure if i was going back to the coast, or spending the night there again? I kept trying to figure it out. But i knew i had to have a shower and so i knew i had to go to a state campground or a motel, either one, i don’t care. And i thought about the price, and the money. And God said to me, Don’t worry about the money. I will pay for everything. And i remember, God always pays for everything for me. When i needed money, God got me unemployment. When i needed a job, God got me a job. And all the money i have was given to me by God. So i said excellent, because i had only three hours sleep, a ten hour hike, and i was ready to make a bed, and get into it and sleep. But where? I thought, i don’t want to go to Portland, because it is too crowded, and so if i go east on the freeway, that is better. And then i will travel until i find what i am looking for. Well, then i overthought, and i decided to head west, instead. I went west on the freeway, and it felt wrong. I soon realized i was going the wrong way. So i turned around at the exit, and went east again. Within 10 minutes, i found what i was looking for. I had already been on the right road. I was already going in the right direction, but i had turned around. Heading east i quickly found Ainsworth State Park campground and i knew God had guided me there. So i checked in, got a shower, made some popcorn and had dinner, then i went to bed and slept very soundly. I was very happy. It was a very good day. Another walk, and a lot more things i thought about. Plus, now i also discovered the state park, which meant i can visit anytime, and have showers etc. And, i was very excited too, because i got to spend the night, and i knew the next day there would be more hiking and waterfalls.

An interesting thing i thought about, is that God is similar to us, in some ways. Like, we like to see the children play and laugh and have fun. And it is also pleasing to God to see His Children playing and having fun.

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