Well.....the weekend before last I got my chance.
|Mary and I at the PCT in Cascade Locks|
I've always admired Mary from The Mountains are Calling. She's a writer, former wildland fire fighter, ex-wilderness ranger, and superstar PCT section hiker (just to name a few). Although she's an Oregonian like me, we lived on opposite ends of the state. Then this summer Mary learned she would be temporarily residing in Central Oregon. This was my opportunity - I'd probably never be any closer. We traded emails and promised to connect next time I traveled her way.
Mary's been section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) every chance she gets. One of the portions she needed to complete was between Cascade Locks (in the Columbia River Gorge) south to Olallie Lake. I offered to give her a ride to the Cascade Locks trailhead from Central Oregon the weekend before last. We had a great trip, and it was fun to chat with another blogger I've followed for so long.
Mary's latest post recaps this particular section hike. She traveled 20-24 miles per day for four long days, plus an 8-mile trek the afternoon I dropped her off. (Wow! And I whine when I dayhike two 10 mile days in a row....Told you she was a superstar)
And....Mary is also a published author. Her book "The Geography of Water" was nominated for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards for fiction. I've read her book and it's very good. She writes beautifully - wish I had her way with words. Mary also has a second book coming out in September called "Fire in the Heart" which is a memoir detailing her experiences as a wildland firefighter. I can't wait to read it!
So - everyone please visit Mary's blog (link here) and leave her a comment. Or read her book(s). Or do both!
Nice to meet you, Mary. Here's hoping we meet again on a trail somewhere.