|This was a crazy windy climb|
|A great water cache just after Hat Creek|
|This guy was making so much noise outside our tent we thought it was a bear!|
|The coolest outhouse at the Peter Grub Hut|
|The lovely folks who own the Red Moose |
|We spent 3 wonderful days here trying to heal my shin splints. I am the only person to ever beat the undefeated employee at ping pong. Who cares if he only has one eye and no right bicep! His excuses for losing...|
|The main lodge in Belden Town. Known mostly for their wild raves.|
Day 39: 29 miles. Flat as a pancake day!! A few short descents and one tiny ascent. This was the 'dry' water day but there were so many caches. I didn't need to fill at them all. Had lunch by this kinda gross lake. There were vultures flying above near by. Something must have died. Saw more cat prints today but no spotting's. Hot afternoon! Around 2:30am there was a sign at the hwy crossing for "Wild Bird Cash 1 mile ahead". I had been dreaming of a soda all afternoon! When we finally got to it, there was a trail magic oasis!!! Cooler was full of a variety of pop, bananas, apple sauce, mini snickers. There was a cupboard full of food and a stove you could cook on. There was a camera they wanted you to take your picture with. Lounge chairs and a picnic table and to top it off there was a shower with solar shower bags! Just as we were about to leave the trail angels came and we had beer. We chilled with them and talked about how this all came to be etc. Kathy and Randy. They've been doing it 3 years. Johnny Rocket came by and had some beers and South Paw made a brief appearance. They even played the spoons and harmonica for us. Simply amazing :) We carried on buzzed for 7 more miles to the campground where there was a general store. I had some soft serve and then we cooked our freeze dried meal on the picnic table. Now were camped in a random spot but we paid $10 for it!
|Can you believe all of this food!|
|There was a camera in a box to take a picture of yourself.|
|They built a shower for hikers and supplied all the solar bags. There was even a mirror!!!!|
|"PCT Hiker to Shasta"|
|Looking over to Castle Crags|
|The amazing Mt. Shasta|
|"Whyyyyyyy"...Sadly, I started to get shin splints again and we stopped hiking in Ashland.|
|Me and "Ultra Buns", who wrote a book on his supported PCT run at age 83. Ran into him after hobbling off the trail.|
I will miss the trail, people, lifestyle, being outside almost 24/7, eating whatever whenever, the challenge, and most of all- waking up with Peter and having this awesome single track trail to keep walking on. I feel like I am at my best in these elements and that this is where I belong. The same way I feel when I am out running. I was surprised how much I didn't miss running while I was out there. I think it's because we were often pushing 30 mile days, which is way more than I would do on a regular basis running.
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