Bucks Summit to Rattlesnake Spring ( mile 1295)
Arrow graciously picked me up from the bus stop at the Reno Airport , made a
delicious dinner, and drove me to Bucks Summit trailhead. Many thanks Arrow!
I was a bit nervous about today. Hiking solo once more and making all the daily decisions sometimes is hard. I was also nervous about going into the town of Belden and hiking the 3500 feet drop into the town (35 switchbacks). Well I had a great gift. I hiked with Swami for a few hours. He is a Pcter from Australia that is completing 12 long distance hikes. He hikes about 40 miles a day and even had to take 6 days off in Ridgecrest because he was VERY ill from the Poodle Dog bush in Southern California and he is all the way up here. Just think i met the leader of the pack. You can follow him at The Hiking Life.
The country was gorgeous today and passed through Bucks Lake Wilderness and Lassen National Forest. I took the descent into Belden slow and it helped that it was in the shade. I had a shock when I arrived at the Feather River there were like a thousand tents with colorful people (young) and LOUD music. Belden is a town of 7 people so all I could do was smile. Apparently they have music festivals on the weekends. A nice lady found me and got me a cold drink and ice. The temp was 100 degrees with no wind! After that stimulating experience I climbed 2000 feet in the sort of cool of the evening. Today was fantastic. This trail never ceases to amaze me!