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?

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One Response to “It is summer! Halfway!”

  1. Maureen said

    Congratulations on reaching the halfway point!! I love following your adventures. Keep the blogs coming…and good luck the rest of the way.

    Love,
    Maureen

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