Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 41: Hiker Hangout

Sunday, July 08, 2018 – 7 miles

A few hours of walking in the morning brought me to Mazama Village, the campground/store/hotel/restaurant near Crater Lake.

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I ran into Half-And-Half as he was leaving, then gradually began meeting other hikers outside the store as I did my laundry. The campground Wi-Fi ($) only works near the store, though supposedly there’s a reception hotspot near the end of section 7 in the campground, opposite the hiker/biker campsite. Initially hikers were compiling on a shady picnic bench outside the store, then began migrating onto the ground with their foam pads as the sun encroached. Very popular on the PCT are cut-up foam mattresses (or can you buy them that size? I don’t know) for sitting on. There were so many hikers and bikers that I can’t remember half of their names, but my favourite trail name was ‘Tinder’. For married types who are (hopefully) unfamiliar with Tinder, it’s a dating app where you swipe right or left on someone’s profile to indicate your interest or lack thereof. My initial assumption was that he had gotten the name by acting skeezy, but he explained that his plan was to use Tinder in trail towns to find him/his hiking partner a place to stay. I’m intrigued by the creativity, but have you heard of couchsurfing.com?

A shuttle runs up to Crater Lake multiple times in the morning and down once in the afternoon. I intend to take a tourist day tomorrow and have fun exploring the rim. For tonight I’m camped in the hiker/biker site, which is spacious, but other hikers are being noisy and I’m tired and just want to sleep. Someone came over and asked them to be quiet, which helped to the limited extent that asking rowdy people to be quiet usually does. I suspect she was a park employee, since their RVs are directly behind the hiker campsite. Great place to misbehave.

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