Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 56

May 31, 2020

It’s been a tradition to hit the road for Memorial Day. Twice now have we scheduled a trip to Hawaii and twice has it been cancelled. However just like in 2018 mother nature will not ruin our need to go on an adventure. In 2018 we cancelled out plane tickets and reservations on the Big Island and instead had an epic 5 day road trip visiting 5 national parks. The key was being flexible. In 2020 COVI-19 made such trip impossible so we went backpacking in a remote corner of Oregon* instead while taking all precautions to keep ourselves and local communities safe. We broke all the rules we normally would follow - carpool, share gear, buy local. However it is a very small price to pay to keep others safe.

Mazamas has announced that they will start group activities mid-July with the assumption that you accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 if you join one of the activities. As a hike leader I am not planning on scheduling any hikes until I believe we can do this safely. Currently I am uncomfortable carpooling with people who are close to me and I frequently hike with. We all need to have patience for a bit longer.

*I do not recommend doing this if you are not used to backpacking, do not have a GPS unit / know how to use it or are not willing to carry all of your water. No one is coming to rescue you in the desert during these times.

Oregon Badlands


Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter