These three photos from the Southern Oregon PCT capture some of the beauty of this stretch of trail … often maligned because of the unending trees and abundant mosquito habitat, cheered for its relatively flat and easy trail, and appreciated for its sunny and mild weather. The top photo gives a little taste of the incredible trail construction through the lava flows around Brown Mountain. Moving clockwise, Mt. McLoughlin dominates the horizon through much of Oregon’s Section B and Section C (to Crater Lake).  And, finally, Cliff Lake, a short and worthwhile detour from the PCT just north of the Lee’s Peak/Devil’s Peak Saddle.

Introducing Boots McFarland: Seeing the Humor in the PCT Experience


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January 1st of 2002 Geolyn Carvin (aka Boots McFarland) put her mind to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  With her busy schedule completing it in sections seemed the wise thing to do.  As she hikes she writes a journal documenting her many adventures.  Passing these “short stories” around for all to read, it became apparent that it was comedy.  This is how “Boots” McFarland was born.  Why not draw some of these ridiculous situations.  Every hiker experiences them and better to laugh at than cry.

Congratulations to Boots who finished the PCT just two weeks ago, 13 years after she began.  Now she’ll will certainly have plenty of new material for her cartoons. I’ll post some more in the weeks to come but if you are anxious to see more sooner, check out Geolyn’s website: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/pcttrailsidereader/new/text

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