Ebbetts Pass Magic



After nine miles of wandering through snow-covered forest this morning, and getting lost a few times, I hit Ebbetts Pass at Highway 4 before noon. Expecting a bare and remote mountain road crossing, I was surprised to find a blue canopy there: trail magic!

A friendly guy named Doug had just set up an incredible pit stop for PCT hikers and planned to keep it going for three days. He laid us out a feast: cooked eggs, toast, Captain Crunch with whole milk by the gallon, apple juice, homemade brownies, hot chili, coffee, hot chocolate, bananas, strawberries, oranges, a fruit and veggie tray, Coke… I stayed and ate for four straight hours with 15 other hikers while Doug catered to every need. He’d even set up a pharmacy box with all kinds of medications, plus a box full of extra equipment from shoelaces to pocketknives, and charged people’s electronic devices on his car charger. Fully powered up, and morale totally restored after a tough couple of days, I eventually pushed another eight miles to camp with Honeybuzz and Annie. Thanks, Doug!

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  1. Patricia Keene
    Patricia Keene says:

    There is so much incredible goodness in our world! What a wonderful surprise feast!

    I was so sorry to hear about the motorcyclist. Please be safe and yes, moment to moment, smell those flowers!

  2. Candace
    Candace says:

    What a thoughtful man! Doug is an example of a wonderful human being! What makes his actions so special is that he went out of his way (no body lives on highway 4, he had to make an effort to get there) to help out strangers. Definitely trail magic!

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