Barrett Spur

Dear Ronin,

Your grandfather, Papa Mike,  invited the two of us on an overnight backpacking trip up Mt Hood. Sam was working, so it would just be the three of us (plus Indigo, Mike’s dog). Everyone else thought we were insane. This would be your first full night away from your mother and you have trouble sleeping as is. I prepared myself for a sleepless night and lots of crying.

We stared out near Lolo Pass and hiked up over Bald Mountain. The wild flowers and views were out in force. Rounding the north side of the Hood, we crossed through recently charrd forest and then climbed to the half-frozen Dollar Lake.

After setting up camp, we packed up again and climbed Barrett Spur. The wind grew steadily and you had to be bundled up in several layers. At the top, we huddled out of the wind for some dinner.

That night, a miracle happened. Maybe you were exhausted from the day. Maybe it was just just luck… Whatever the reason, you slept – for the very first time ever – all the way through the night!

On the way out the next morning, you decided that you had spotted a giraffe in the woods. Being a Friday we passed lots of inbound hikers. You proudly declared to each: “Giraffe. Giraffe. Look for it!”

Your father,

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5 Responses to Barrett Spur

  1. Yvette Portello says:

    That is just amazing she did do great. I’m so proud of her :). You are one in shape dad Gabe to hike like that with a child on your back. I know both you and Sam can do that just on awe of it all. Y

  2. DANIELA says:

    where did you guys sleep on barret spur where they campsite set up? (fire rings, wind breakers)

  3. We camped just above dollar lake. It was an established site, but no fire rings or wind breakers.

    • Carli says:

      I enjoyed the ‘words that should be’.I have experienced arachnidiocy – if I lived in da-ergousnspider Australia I would be so much more than the mime on crack that I am here – there would be a soundtrack as well. Some kind of ‘a capella’, soprano thing ending in nudity.

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