It is summer! Halfway!

July 16, 2010

Well we went from snow to sun and bugs, quickly! After Truckee there was only a little bit of snow. I went through with Bird, Salty, and Leisure Boy. In Sierra City we joined up with the Disraeli Gears, Zorro, Orange Hats, Andrew, and Digger. We watched the semifinals of the world cup, which was fun because Zorro is from Spain and loves soccer. Then we decided to all make the pilgrimage to Belden (93 miles away) for the final. Away we went.

We made it to Belden as a group of 12 in 3 days. It was fun! I have always hiked around these guys, but never with them so it was good to get to know them. We made it to Belden right before the game and of course Spain won. I’m pretty sure we overwhelmed the trail angels in Belden, but they were really nice. The breakfast the next morning was the best yet on the trail. We spent the rest of the hot day chilling by the river at the Belden store before leaving later for the really, really, really hot hike up the hill. That was a hot climb.

Other things of note: We hit the halfway point the other day! Exciting! Crazy! Also kind of sad because we are only halfway there, it must get easier though, we don’t have the Sierra, we have Oregon. Lassen National Park and National Forest have been neat to walk through. Drakesbad ranch took such good care of us. We were only going to eat breakfast and go at Drakesbad, but they hooked us up! They did our laundry, let us sit in the hot springs for hours and hours and hours and then we ate lunch too. It was so relaxing and amazing and a lot of food. Unfortunately, I have been battling something in my stomach and a shin splint on my shin due to not changing shoes forever. I love me my Mizuno’s, but they are no super wonder shoe and 1000 miles including the Sierra has done them in. So now I’m happier in my new shoes or at least I hope to be. I’m going to rest the swollen shin for a day and hopefully head off sooner rather than later, but Old Station seems to be a nice place to chill. The trail angels are great! And it is hot, so no need to really rush. It is about 100 degrees out right now and the next section is hot and waterless and dry. Night hike?


After two glorious double zeros in Tahoe we ventured out for Truckee. The beginning of the hike was spectacular. Justin and I went by lake after unfrozen lake. It was wonderous to see water and not ice. We pulled 12 miles that afternoon. That day we also saw a mama and baby cub. It was pretty neat to see. We camped just before Dick’s Pass. Justin said he heard a bear that night, but apparently I told him to go back to sleep. It was fine.

Dick’s Pass was snowy on the side we crossed over to, which we expected, but nothing too bad. We had some snow that day, but still pulled 20 miles. I was impressed!

The next day we hit more snow and ended up camping on the trail in the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. We got lost in the ski resort. We ended up on the wrong trail after failing to see the sign, which was down. That was somewhat frustrating. Then we continued on and had some really nice sections of trail for the afternoon.

We finished at Donner Summit that night and called into Pooh Corner, a trail angel on Donner Lake. We arrived and got situated and heard that there is more snow ahead, of course. We are all getting sick of the snow. Maybe by Oregon it will be gone?

We spent today, the fourth resupplying and watching the Truckee Parade! Exciting! I got my picture with Smokey the Bear, yes! Pooh Corner has been good and pleasant and we spent the afternoon on the dock by the lake and listening to Bob Dylan.

Tomorrow I set out with some hikers I haven’t met before Truckee, but are real nice. I’m real happy to not venture solo into the snow. This section has been really nice to do at a chill pace, I’ve felt like I’ve taken in lots of the vistas and mountains. It has been really nice to have a partner in crime this past section too and will be sad to see him off tomorrow, well he’ll see me off a little before he sets off.

I’m going to try to stay positive about the snow, but it is getting so tiring! I will miss using it as toilet paper once it is gone though, so there is something positive.