I did fall asleep early last night, before cooking dinner even. It made me wake up way too early this morning, finally falling back asleep right before my alarm, which I then missed, so I got a very late start, and I was starving.

I hopped off the PCT onto the Rim Trail and climbed up to Crater Lake’s rim. It was absolutely beautiful, and so, so blue. I got my tent out to dry and ate a bunch of food while I enjoyed the view. The views just continued as I walked around the lake.

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There is also a road that goes around the rim and the Rim Trail goes in and out of its scenic pullouts. At one of them I ran into AT ’13er Limey and his mom on a road trip. He finished the PCT a few weeks ago. They shared some fruit with me and Clark Kent.

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Clouds started moving in again, and we hadn’t done many miles yet, so I started moving faster. We stopped at Rim Village for a late lunch. I had been hoping for cheeseburgers but all they had were very expensive, tiny sandwiches, so I cooked last night’s dinner instead. There was another recently finished PCT hiker who hung out with us there. This section of trail was closed due to fire when a lot of people went through in August so some hikers have been making their way back from Canada to hike it now that it’s open again.

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It was sprinkling when we left Rim Village, and continued off and on for an hour or so. I ended up hiking a little over an hour in the dark to make up for my very slow morning. 23.1 miles today.

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