Saturday July 27 It’s 7:40 pm and I’m at my camp site
I did really well picking this campsite because I think it’s the most stellar view I think I’ve ever had on the PCT and I have a great view of Mt Shasta. My first view of Mt Shasta, and just an amazing panoramic view of some mountain ranges, and the valley and tons of clouds and a beautiful sunset. So, I”m pretty stoked and having a great moment sitting on some rocks and just enjoying the view. And I just finished dinner. I got to camp pretty early. I think like 6: 30 and I did 24 miles today and I started the morning at 8:30 am. And the reason I’m doing this voice memo instead of writing is that I lost my maps, and they had all my journal entries on them, like three days worth. They fell out of my baggie yesterday at Burney when I was checking into a motel. And so I’m out of paper and don’t have any paper to write on and didn’t want to type on my phone because the screen is sucks. So doing the voice memo thing.
So I left the town of Burney with a hiker named Razor and actually split the cost of a room last night with him in Burney so we could both shower and get clean because the last few days were really hot and dry and dirty, dirty, dirty. So that was nice. And we ate some food at the Blackberry Patch and had a blackberry milkshake and also had some amazing chinese food for dinner. Got my box from the post office but my maps weren’t there, so no paper. And went to the grocery store for just a few food items to make it all the way to Mt Shasta and Etna. I wasn’t going to go into Mt Shasta because I had enough food, but now that I have seen the mountain I feel that I should stick with my original plan and go into Mt Shasta and be near Mt Shasta because it’s pretty spectacular.
Oh that was awesome, a flash of lightening across the valley. And the sun is setting. Pretty amazing, and I’m having a treat by myself tonight by myself, which is actually pretty nice since I’ve been with people a lot for the last two weeks. So there may be some stragglers coming behind me, but nobody’s passed me up just yet. So I feel that if they got to this spot at this time, they’d want to camp. But they’re not here yet, so I don’t know where they are.
What else today? I crossed Rock Creek at lunch time and was able to cool off because it was really really hot again today. Hot, humid. Sun was really, really blazing.
Walked really fast the first eight miles because it was really flat then was just a nice gentle climb for the rest of the day into a more wooded trail as opposed to the open landscape we’ve been walking through for the last three days on Hat Creek. And yeah it’s still really beautiful. This is the most beautiful part of today except Rock Creek. That was pretty cool.
Yeah, I think that’s it. My legs feel good today, and my feet except I have a new blister on my heel which I think is from my socks having gigantic holes in them. Hopefully I’ll get new socks soon in Etna. And new shoes, either in Mt Shasta or in Ashland. And, that’s about it. Hiked alone — was nice. What else? I don’t regret going into Burney, the health food stored. I went into the health food store and I scored some free chia seed and Himalayan rock salt which is supposed to be really good for you and all these amazing benefits. And Razor bought me a milkshake so that was nice of him to do. And I got my duct tape. I was all out of duct tape. So I don’t regret going into Burney even though it put me back a little bit but I’ll make that up.
Joan if I send this to you, don’t laugh! [note from Joan: I did smile .. this is a test of my transcription skills!] And I can’t wait to see you in Ashland which should be probably August 10th or so. All right! Signing off. Will do another one tomorrow night. Good night.