You can sleep when you are dead.
~ Marilyn W.
Middle Fork of the Feather River to Buck’s Summit
-get up very early, forget about the fact that I got to sleep so late last night and it will still be very dark
-pack up fast
-climb out of the Feather River in the cool of the night (the PCT climbs 3,000 feet back up to the Sierra Crest)
-try to hitch a ride from Buck’s Summit to Quincy 18.8 miles away, call to get a ride home.
The gentle grade of the trail going up, frequent water sources, and the healthy forest made for a superior completion of this hike! The pesky gnats apparently do not get up for the day until later, so that worked BIG in my favor. All was GREAT! I didn’t see anyone on my last day and I had no real immediate obstacles and for the first time had some moments to think and reflect. Boy… what kept coming in my mind was… I can’t believe I pulled this whole thing off!
A couple of miles before my destination of this last day, I cleaned up at this cold, flowing spring so I wouldn’t look scary and be so sweaty and smelly. When I got to the highway, I stuck my thumb out and two great guys in a Land Rover picked me up. They were from Quincy and had lots of outstanding suggestions for food, a place to stay, and then dropped me off at the local Health Food Store, Quincy Natural Foods. I quickly bought bag of Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips and an Odwalla Green Drink and of course got lots of info from the helpful people working. They even called a couple of places for me to stay to check for vacancies and highly recommended the Courtyard Suites above the Alley Cat Cafe’ and Drunk Brush Wine Bar. Within a couple of hours I had eaten, had a very fancy place to stay, visited Rite-aid drug store to replace some important items I lost on the trail and bought a skirt, shirt, and flip-flops, had a shower, and was sitting sporting my new outfit in Pangaea Restaurant eating a salmon salad and drinking a glass of wine! Quincy is a magical place!!!!!