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.