As the name of this website suggests, I hike for reasons other than the typical.
I left for the PCT with full intent to thru the PCT, knowing full well in the back of my mind that I’d be returning home at some point, perhaps for the season, because of extenuating circumstances.
Those circumstances were the fact that my wife was *very* pregnant and would be giving birth while I was on the trail.
I didn’t fly home for the birth of our child, mainly because of how concerned I was about my personal safety (the main reason for leaving), as well as some lingering doubts about whether or not I would be able to connect with our daughter (there were some traumatic experiences with children on a deployment overseas).
I left home because life was too difficult to bear and I was contemplating suicide again. After 70+ days on the trail I was able to return home.
1,600 miles in, I was able to not only make the decision to return home, but I was able to mentally come to terms with the fact that it was the right thing to do.
This is why I hike - for clarity, for peace, and to better enable me to better manage my life after trauma.
I will be returning to the trail in the Spring to finish the last 1,000 miles northbound from Mexico.
I hope you join me.
As the name of this website suggests, I hike for reasons other than the typical.
Date: 28 Sep 2017 1016PM
Location: Camping near mile 1050.8
Today's Miles: 25.7
Total Miles: 1599.3
Hiked pretty late last night, didn't settle into camp until around 2200. Had a hard time getting moving this morning, didn't leave until around 0830.
Super tired today. Might be the elevation, might be the cold, but hiking above 8,000 feet all day and in chilly temperatures really takes it out of you.
Beautiful views for most of the day. Had to wear my sun hat, sun feels stronger this high up, and with almost zero cloud cover or trees I was in direct sunlight all day. Can't beat not having any rain or snow though.
Slow day overall. On a bit of a schedule to get to Sonora Pass early Saturday, have a friend who lives in San Francisco coming out for a bit, so I want to be there as early as possible.
Another cold night. Glad to have my winter provisions.
Date: 27 Sep 2017 1001PM
Location: Camping near mile 1076.9
Today's Miles: 14.6
Total Miles: 1573.6
Woke up suddenly to the sound of helicopters, definitely not what I expected. Some civilian heli was making transportation runs back and forth between two short distance points, which I just happened to be directly under.
Packed up and walked the mile down to the road. Got a hitch on the second car. Roofer who picks up hikers drove me the twelve miles to South Lake Tahoe in his truck.
A hostel on the other side of town had a few packages for me, so I stuck out my thumb once more and got a ride quickly. Ended up being a local trail angel with a hiker already in her car.
She drove us to the hostel, but unfortunately one of my packages wasn't there. I paid for the one that was and we hopped back in the car. Found a pair of shorts in the hiker box on my way out, score for me, because the mesh crotch in mine had disintegrated many miles ago.
She dropped the two of us back in the center of town, and I went into a local Mexican place for breakfast and a cup of coffee. Ordered some sort of breakfast plate with two fried corn tortillas, three eggs, black beans, cheese, sour cream, and cabbage. It was damn delicious and definitely hit the spot.
After breakfast I checked the tracking information for my missing package, and saw that it was delivered while I was eating breakfast. Walked back to my previous hitching spot and got a ride after a short period of time. Cool local dude with a restored Fiat convertible drove me back to the hostel. Grabbed my package, headed back out to the road, and attempted to hitch back to the other side of town.
Didn't get a hitch, so I used a local bike sharing service and rode a very poorly constructed bike the five miles to the other side of town. Haven't been on a bicycle in some time, was kinda fun.
Parked the bike and went into a local Chinese buffet. Ate a few plates of food and sorted some life business via phone and email. Finished up, mailed a few things home, resupplied from the grocery store, and went out to the road leading back to the trail.
After about thirty minutes a young kid pulled a u-turn and picked me up, dropped me back at the trail, and took off.
Walked the first few miles eating some gelato that I picked up at the grocery store, partially because I wanted gelato, partially because I needed a new container to rehydrate my food in. Entering a real beautiful part of the trail, looking forward to what's to come. Sunset was behind the mountains, but the red and orange colorings splashed all over the valley I was walking through.
Nightfall came, and with it the rising moon. Ended up walking for quite a few miles under wide open sky - only needed the red lense on my headlamp to see by. It was by far my favorite night on the trail yet.
Not as cold tonight. Locals said a high pressure system is rolling through the next few days, and with it higher temperatures and little to no precipitation. Lucky us.
Date: 26 Sep 2017 1035PM
Location: Camping near mile 1091.6
Today's Miles: 31.7
Total Miles: 1558.5
Hiked late last night, woke up later than usual and was out of camp by 0830.
Long day of continuous climbing. First eighteen miles was almost all an uphill slog. Weather held out and while not comfortable, was manageable. Bright sun, cold wind, quick hiking pace to stay warm.
Handful of really amazing views today. Even though today was mostly above 7,500 feet, there were some incredible lakes and mountainous backdrops. Crossed up and over Dick's Pass today as well, topping out at around 9,400 feet of elevation.
Pleasant enough afternoon, much of it hiking downhill. Temperatures really started to drop late in the day, and as the sun set I needed to put on quite a few more articles of clothing.
South Lake Tahoe tomorrow. Looking forward to getting my cold weather gear, a hot meal, and cruising further down the trail.
Date: 25 Sep 2017 1038PM
Location: Camping near mile 1123.3
Today's Miles: 30.0
Total Miles: 1526.8
Didn't sleep well, a shame since the bed in the hostel was so comfortable. Got up early and headed downstairs, had a cup of coffee or two, talked with the wife.
Ate a hearty breakfast of pancakes, oatmeal, sausages, and coffee before getting a lift from one of the employees back to the trail. Ended up taking a detour into Soda Springs to drop another hiker off at the post office. Took the opportunity to buy an extra large frozen Hot Pocket and a liter of Dr. Pepper for later.
Dropped off at Donner Pass and spent the majority of the day climbing up.
Pushed on late into the night. Have a deadline to meet up with a friend from the AT at Sonora Pass. Looking forward to spending some time together!
Date: 24 Sep 2017 1120PM
Location: Clair Tappaan Lodge - Donner Pass, CA
Today's Miles: 15.1
Total Miles: 1496.7
Coldest night yet last night, luckily I pitched my tent in such a way that the morning sunlight steamed directly into my tent and warmed me up as I woke.
Packed up, did the morning chores, and off I went. Motivation was high as it would be a shorter day into Donner Pass and a nice lodge for the evening.
A bit of ups and downs throughout, not too much elevation change though. This close to the Sierras, any civilization encountered is typically around 7,000-8,000 feet.
Beautiful day otherwise, clear blue skies with little cloud cover. Been getting some pretty pink skin the last few days from all the direct sunlight and lack of tree cover to walk under.
Made it to the road at Donner Pass around noon and managed to get an easy hitch the short distance to the lodge. Checked in, got settled into the bunk room, showered, laundried, and relaxed.
Two other hikers I've been hiking with the last week showed up later in the day. They did their chores and we all met up for dinner in the dining hall. Lodge eats family style, and it was *delicious*.
Cleaned up after dinner, chatted with the night shift for a bit, and hung around in the hot tub for a few hours before bed.
Going to be hard to get back on trail tomorrow after such a relaxing afternoon, but at least we get breakfast and a sack lunch to take with.
Date: 23 Sep 2017 0815PM
Location: Camping near mile 1168.6
Today's Miles: 26.9
Total Miles: 1481.6
Woke up pretty early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Headed down to the general store where the WiFi is and took care of some business. Downloaded podcasts, sent a few emails, talked with the wife.
Went back to the church as the sun rose to where we were all camped and packed up all my things. Managed to finish up just as the town bakery was opening up. Purchased some coffee, a fresh baguette, a fresh cinnamon roll, and a day old of each for the road.
Town is a mile and a half away from the trail, so as we were walking out the baker gave each of us another baguette for the road. Then someone else offered us a ride up to the trail. Best leaving party from a town yet.
Climbed up for most of the day, over 4,000 feet from our start. The temperature dropped throughout the day as the elevation increased, and we encountered more snow and ice along the way. Locals keep telling us to expect an Indian Summer, still waiting for it to happen.
The mountains are getting bigger as we make our way towards the Sierras. Scenic vistas and wide open skies, are *definitely* on the menu.
Date: 22 Sep 2017 0757PM
Location: Camping at Sierra City Methodist Church - Sierra City, CA
Today's Miles: 9.5
Total Miles: 1454.7
Woke up frozen, chilled to the bone. Tent was super droopy from all the snow and ice that accumulated throughout the night. Needless to say I didn't sleep very well.
Took a good hour to pack up all of my wet, frozen gear. Had to take multiple breaks to warm up the hands and stomp some feeling into my feet. Looking forward to getting my winter gear in a couple of days in South Lake Tahoe.
After plenty of time warming, rewarming, and packing, the three of us headed out. Been hiking the past few days with a girl named Puddin' and a Hispanic dude named Ulysses (real name!). Last night we found a spot a little off trail down a paved forest service road that hadn't been covered in snow and setup just before dark.
Trail was pretty destroyed with snow so we hiked down into town via a network of forest service roads that parallel the trail. They were pretty bad as well, but were much easier to follow.
Made it into town around noon. Stopped at the Methodist church to hang all of our wet gear up, did some quick stream laundry, and headed straight to the town cafe. Sierra City is small to say the least, so everything is pretty close.
After many cups of coffee, some fish and chips, a platter of chicken fingers, and multiple baskets of fries, I left the group and made my way over to the library to use the free WiFi.
Hit up the general store next for resupply, and ordered a one pound hamburger with all the fixings. The three of us chatted as the food was prepared, which took quite some time due to the proprietor getting bombarded with customers. He did reopen the grill just for us though, so we didn't mind waiting.
Managed to find a used bear canister for the Sierras on Facebook. Friend who lives near San Francisco who I met on the Appalachian Trail last year was kind enough to accept receipt and offered to meet me at Sonora Pass.
Sleeping pad is slowly dying, popped another two baffles over the past few days. Currently have a ginormous bulge poking straight up over three inches into my legs while I lie on backwards to avoid the bulge poking into my upper back. Warranty claim is in, waiting on a new mat to ship.
Took a free cold shower at the town public restrooms, returned to and climbed into my tent, watched an episode of Parks and Recreation, attempted to sleep.
Date: 21 Sep 2017 0803PM
Location: Camping near mile 1205.0
Today's Miles: 24.2
Total Miles: 1445.2
Woke up this morning to a huge hail storm beating down on my tent. Stopped a few minutes later, but was indicative of how the rest of the day would go.
Out by 0830, which isn't too bad considering it was about thirty degrees Fahrenheit and I was moving incredibly slow. Temperature didn't rise much during the day, and ended up walking in a cloud throughout. Super misty, very cold, especially since I don't have any of my winter gear yet. Shorts, short sleeve shirt, rain jacket, beanie, buff, and a pair of glove liners got me through the day mostly unscathed.
Started snowing around noon, kept up all afternoon. Total accumulation was around two-three inches. Again, would have been mostly alright if I had a lick of winter clothes with me.
Managed to still put on the miles, but not without feeling very, very cold. Attempted to make it all the way into Sierra City, but as soon as the snow started falling the trail became practically invisible, which slowed things down drastically. Took a few wrong turns and had to backtrack on multiple occasions.
Town tomorrow. Probably spend some time there, hopefully grab a hot shower, some laundry, and resupply food for the next stretch.
Date: 20 Sep 2017 0808PM
Location: Camping near mile 1229.1
Today's Miles: 28.5
Total Miles: 1421.0
Woke up with the sun this morning, actually slept a little bit and felt kind of refreshed. Doesn't happen very often so I'll take it.
Big ups for most of the day today. Quite a few multiple thousand foot ascents. The morning started out pretty solid with some great views, and then it was nothing but walking in a cold, misty, rainy cloud for the rest of the day.
Rained on and off, and continued to get colder as the day went on. I was warm enough to hike in my beanie, shorts, and short sleeve shirt, but only if I was moving. As soon as I stopped I started to shiver and needed to throw on my rain jacket.
Locals keep telling us it here that this is unusual weather for this time of year and that we should expect an Indian Summer in a week's time - sure hope it comes sooner rather than later.
Even being wet and cold, managed to overshoot the goal for the day's mileage. Currently getting rained on in my tent, but managed to find a spot tucked behind a bit of a berm so while the wind is whipping around it isn't directly hitting the tent. Hope it calms down overnight.
Thirty four miles to town.
Date: 19 Sep 2017 0849PM
Location: Camping near mile 1257.6
Today's Miles: 26.7
Total Miles: 1392.4
Slept in a sandy area by a river last night. Went well except for the dust bowl of sand that was blowing all over the place in the gusting winds.
Woke up a bit earlier than expected, but we all packed up and waited outside the restaurant for thirty minutes for them to open. It was well worth the wait because the food was pretty delicious. Had myself some chicken fried steak and a side order of biscuits and gravy.
We all finished up and unfortunately had to say goodbye to a hiker who's leaving to return to the real world. We all only just met but it's still sad to see her go.
Packed up while listening to a young hikers who's soul purpose out here is the write music inspired by the trail for the PCTA.
Solid day of hiking, even though the climb out was ridiculously steep over multiple miles. Felt like being back on the AT again. Managed to get in more miles than expected, even having not left town until around 1000.
Great views at the top and a bit of ridge walking as well. Got to the intended stopping point just as it got dark. Not night hiking tonight, supposed to get below freezing.
Rain in the forecast tomorrow and the next day, the super awesome kind that happens when the temperature hovers around freezing. Going to suck big time since my winter gear isn't arriving for a few more days.
Date: 18 Sep 2017 0941PM
Location: Camping near mile 1284.1
Today's Miles: 24.6
Total Miles: 1366.0
Really windy last night. Slept fitfully.
Ended up on the ledge of a rocky cliff with beautiful views in the morning. Out of camp by 0815, which isn't too bad I suppose since I was hiking until 2230 and didn't get settled down until about 45 minutes later.
Another uneventful day, scenery wasn't too fantastic and after the first fifteen miles it was mostly downhill.
After eating lunch I was smoothing out the hairs of my beard around my mouth with my lips and found a piece of something in my beard. Before I knew it, the piece of something was in my mouth! Horrified, I was about to spit it out before I realized... it was a piece of baloney from earlier. First time *that's* ever happened.
Made it to Belden Town around 1830, just before the restaurant closed for the night. Had myself some sort of western burger with onion rings and barbecue sauce on it.
Bumped into two other hikers I have had conversations with previously, Band Camp and Puddin'. BC is unfortunately leaving the trail because of work, but the other is continuing south.
Camping just south of the town tonight by the river in some very sandy soil. Proved difficult to set the tent up, but with enough rocks anything is possible.
Discovered my air mattress had a series of slits cut into if, three in total, all in a line spread about ten inches apart. For the life of me I can't figure out how they got there, since my tent has no cuts or holes in the bottom and the slits cut into my mattress are so linear, equally spaced, and symmetrical.
The patch kit that comes with the mattress says to let the patches dry for 24 hours, but I also have some Tenacious Tape with me as well. Slapped the TT on all the holes, and surprisingly, after an hour being patched and me lying on the mat, they're still holding. We'll see what comes of it in the morning.
Date: 17 Sep 2017 1124PM
Location: Camping near mile 1308.7
Today's Miles: 20.1
Total Miles: 1341.4
Up with the sun, unintentionally had my tent and face pointing directly at the sun rise. Excited to get into town, I packed up quick and headed the short distance to the road.
Waited a little over an hour and twenty minutes for someone to pull over. I get such mixed emotions hitching: happy and reassured that the world isn't awful when someone finally pulls over, but angry and spiteful when car after car passes me by.
Got to town around 0830. Man who picked me up hiked the trail a few years ago and gave me a brief tour. Dropped me off at the grocery store, I immediately walked across the street to a cafe called Cravings.
Spent about two hours eating and drinking, alternating between water and coffee, using the time to change up the electronics and upload to the journal. Hip little place with amazing food and a nice, relaxing atmosphere - wish there was a place like that back where I live.
Headed back across the street to resupply. Grabbed all the groceries I need for the next five days and went to a far corner of the parking lot to sort the food from its packaging, empty out my litter, and get ready to leave town.
A nice old man offered to drive me back to the trail since he was going that way, he just needed to run into the store and grab a few things. I went down to a burger joint that makes some amazing milkshakes and bought myself an order of fries and a chocolate and coffee shake.
Met another hiker outside who is finishing up a section from a few years ago and let him know about the hitch I scored. He ran across the street to grab a drink and we both hopped into the old man's truck as soon as he returned.
Made it to the halfway point today. The marker isn't in the right place anymore, but oddly enough has the proper mileage on it.
Rest of the day was pretty uneventful. Hiked until 2230 to get as many miles in as I could before it became too late in the evening.
Found a tent spot overlooking a cliff and valley. Dirt looked good until I attempted to put a stake in the ground. I definitely have each corner of my tent held down using a pile of rocks at each corner - improvise and overcome.
Climbed in the tent, watched an episode of Parks and Recreation as I ate a large bag of tortilla chips - ready for sleep.
Date: 16 Sep 2017 0926PM
Location: Camping near mile 1328.8
Today's Miles: 19.0
Total Miles: 1321.3
Slept alright last night, even though it was hovering around 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Probably because I was so exhausted from managing to do a full day’s worth of hiking between 1300-2200.
Noticed one of the baffles in my air mattress gave out last night, which means there’s a huge bulge into my back now when I sleep on it. Warranty replacement perhaps, fingers crossed.
Packed up, grabbed my food from a bear box down the trail, and hiked on over the half a mile to the Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Super cool place that’s located inside the park, with pretty delicious food, cabins, massages, horseback riding, and a volcanic spring fed soaking pool - I totally got vortexed.
Had a few cups of coffee on their deck while I chatted with a fellow hiker, munched on some oatmeal, fruit and yogurt, a cinnamon bun, and an egg and cheese omelet. Swung down to the pool afterwords and took a hot shower and a soak, talking with a few of the patrons about the trail.
Pretty cool afternoon of hiking - Lassen has a few volcanic water features, including a pond that’s boiling and a geyser shooting steam out of it. Both attractions were side trips that slowed me down, but stuff like that is worth it some days.
Rest of the day was uneventful. Plowed on down the trail, fueled by coffee and a full belly. Managed to get to my destination of a well trafficked road before dark, but wasn’t able to get a hitch into town.
Sleeping just up the trail by the road, will try again in the morning.
Date: 15 Sep 2017 1107PM
Location: Camping near mile 1347.8
Today's Miles: 26.1
Total Miles: 1276.1
Arrived pretty late last night so I decided to cowboy camp near a few other hikers who were settling in. It was ridiculously cold, and I was wet with dew by the time the sun rose. I’ve slept in a lot of holes in my life - I definitely prefer having a Shelter over my head nowadays.
Up with the sun, made it to the restaurant before they opened at 0700. Ended up spending way longer than anticipated there - charging electronics, eating, chatting with another hiker, eating some more, chatting with yet another hiker, and eating some more.
Left around 1230, with intentions on completing a full day of mileage. Grabbed a Gatorade and some Pringles from the gas station and walked on out of town.
Pretty uneventful hiking for most of the day. Entered the Lassen Volcanic National Park early in the afternoon, but didn’t make it far enough to see any of the cool stuff the park has to offer.
Hiked on and made it to my intended destination. The park has a few nuisance bears so bear canisters are required for the entire twenty miles of trail in the park. There’s campsite on the PCT that has bear boxes in it, so I hiked until 2200 and got myself setup.
It’s getting pretty cold at night now, I had my beanie and buff on while I was hiking and was still a bit cold. My finger dexterity is quickly getting worse as I type this lying in my tent, and I’m definitely sleeping with both my water filter, and electronics in my bag tonight.
Date: 14 Sep 2017 0828PM
Location: Camping behind Old Station Fill Up - Old Station, CA
Today's Miles: 26.6
Total Miles: 1276.1
Didn’t sleep much at all last night. Woke up with that stinging sensation in your eyes when you don’t get enough rest.
Had cell service so I FaceTimed the wife for a few minutes while I packed up.
Day went surprisingly well otherwise. Other than having to make a liter of water last twelve miles, it was a fine day of hiking. Spent the majority of the day gradually climbing up a hill, then walked along the Hat Creek Rim for the rest of the afternoon. Superfine views, and I actually enjoyed the change in scenery of being exposed and in the open instead of under trees and surrounded by foliage.
The weather is definitely changing. Today was an odd combination of cold breezes, and hot sun. When clouds came overhead and blocked the sun I was actually a bit chilly - but it’s the first time in weeks I haven’t been surrounded by smoke and haze though, so I’ll take it.
Moved pretty quickly today, even though I wasn’t as well rested as I would have liked. Near the end of the day I arrived at a natural phenonomen called “the subway tunnel”, a large tunnel carved out underground by lava flows. It was just getting dark, but I went down and in with my headlamp anyway - it was definitely a cool experience to see. Google it and check out the pictures, you won’t be disappointed.
Popped out the other end of the tunnel and realized I was a lot closer to my intended destination than I previously thought, so I walked into town and setup my stuff for the night behind a gas station. The owners kindly allow hikers to tent for free in the woods behind their property.
Hot breakfast and a minor resupply tomorrow.
Date: 13 Sep 2017 1031PM
Location: Camping near mile 1400.6
Today's Miles: 21.6
Total Miles: 1249.5
Slow start this morning. Woke up groggy and sleepy, laid around, packed up slow, out by 0815.
Fire grew last night, had ash lying all over the ground when I got out of the tent. Fire wasn’t too much closer, guess the winds changed and started blowing smoke and ash in my direction.
Landscape has transitioned into some sort of desert grasslands over the past few days. Dry and dusty with a lot of scrub brush and very scattered trees. The few north bounders say it’ll change pretty drastically the closer I travel towards the Sierras - looking forward to it.
I think that’s one of my favorite parts about the Pacific Crest Trail in comparison to the Appalachian Trail: the scenery is constantly morphing. I met a girl last year on the AT in Pennsylvania who told me that the AT was pretty boring, and that most of it “looked like Oregon”. I totally get it now. If your first long distance hike is through a multitude of different biomes, the AT *would* feel pretty similar and perhaps mundane even.
Midday I arrived at Burney Falls State Park. It was a short side trail so I walked in, checked out the falls, and picked up a quick snack at the general store in the campgrounds. Grabbed an ice cream cookie sandwich and some chocolate milk.
Walked on out and through the heat. Loads of sun baked dirt in these parts, including some super reddish dirt and rocks. Feels very much like a desert environment, especially when you’re walking through miles of terrain in direct sunlight where the hot breezes blow and the horizon shimmers.
Arrived at the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch mid afternoon. Pretty awesome place that almost sucked me in for the day. Charged all my electronics, grabbed a quick shower, washed my socks, resupplied, updated the journal, drank some sodas, watched a bit of Star Wars, had a nice cup of coffee, and ate a hot dinner of homemade chicken Alfredo, biscuits, and mixed vegetables.
Walked out just before sunset, full of beans from all the food and caffeine. Hiked until around 2200, found one of the last tent spots before the lava rock fields begin, and settled down for the night.
Date: 12 Sep 2017 0936PM
Location: Camping near mile 1422.2
Today's Miles: 26.6
Total Miles: 1227.9
Rained on and off last night. Combined with the heat lightening it was a rough night of sleep.
Slow start this morning, but still out by 0730. Looked out over the sunrise on the horizon and saw what appeared to be smoke over the next ridge line. Paid it no mind, it definitely wasn’t there last night.
Pretty dull day. I’ve come to the conclusion that for every mile of beautiful trail, there’s at least ten miles of slogging. Today was full of slogging.
Second day in a row I haven’t seen a another soul. It’s refreshing to be alone so much.
Climbed over a ridge to see the fire from earlier had grown in size. Checked my fire mapping tools the next time I had service and confirmed it was close to the trail. Managed to walk past it, but not without having ash fall from the sky and the smell of fire retardant permeate throughout the evening.
Resupply and hot food early tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
Date: 11 Sep 2017 0918PM
Location: Camping near mile 1448.8
Today's Miles: 26.8
Total Miles: 1201.3
Woke up before the sun, packed up and was out of camp by 0700.
Saw a wolf this morning as I was walking down the trail, took one look at me and bolted in the opposite direction. Been seeing a lot more wildlife over the past two days, probably has something to do with the smaller numbers of hikers out here right now.
First half of the day wasn’t much to look at. Scrub forests, no views, lots of climbing. Nice views near the end of the day though, managed to have a pretty amazing view of Mount Shasta as the sun set.
Appears that a fire was lit last night during the lightening storm. Saw a small amount of smoke this morning as I was packing up, the fire grew throughout the day until it was blazing in the night sky. Camping far enough away to be safe, but it was definitely unexpected.
Pretty exhausted once again. Not sure if it’s jet lag or just my body taking time to reacclimatize to the altitude, lower humidity or what, but I’m pretty wasted just like last night. Couldn’t even finish my journal last night, had to write this morning.
Date: 10 Sep 2017 0849PM
Location: Camping near mile 1475.6
Today's Miles: 23.1
Total Miles: 1174.5
Flew into Redding, CA late last night. Luckily managed to find a trail angel on Facebook who was willing to pick me up from the airport, put me up for the night in his home, drive me to a grocery this morning and finally, shuttle me the forty five miles back to the trail. Even got to eat a free continental breakfast this morning as well, guy’s wife works at a local hotel.
Made it back to the the trail around 1000. Finished off the rice pudding that I purchased at the store, hitched up my new pack, and off I went.
About a mile in I found some trail magic left aside the trail. Fresh water and some sodas in a cooler. Topped off my water, stuck a soda in my pack, kept on going.
About seven miles of elevation gain, but it was wooded and pretty gradual. Not much to look at, but there were are few views of both the south side of Castle Crags and Mt. Shasta throughout the climb.
Uneventful day otherwise. Sun went down way too quickly for my liking (around 1945), but I was pretty exhausted so it was welcome. Seven days off was great for returning rested, but the first day back proved to be quite the exhausting day. It’ll get easier, just have to get back into the groove of things.
Didn’t see a single soul all day after getting on the trail. Most everyone headed north is past this point by now. I’m sure I’ll run into a few more people now and again but they’ll probably be few and far between.