June 20 – Networking

Clover Meadow to Subway Cave Campground
27 miles

I did a dumb thing today. I started the day out with a swift creek crossing on a log. It was early, I wasn’t quite with it yet and I was stiff. Halfway across I froze and panicked. Using deep breathing techniques that Silly always is reminding me of, I decided it was best to go down on my bottom and then scoot across. Not an easy maneuver with a loaded pack in the middle of a narrow log. Everything worked out in the end. I took a huge chance crossing without putting essential items in waterproof sacks. Lesson hopefully learned.

A really cool thing happened. Mary, who has commented on blog entries let me know that she was a trail angel for her friend Tom and that he was in the Drakesbad area hiking. I saw a hiker today and stopped and asked him if he was Tom and that I knew Mary. Boy did he look surprised! I hiked with him today and we will most likely hike tomorrow. Tom is hiking the PCT and is planning on hiking the Sierra section later in the summer. He is from Glendale, is energetic and very informative.

The terrain is mostly flat now and has left Lassen National Park. For some reason everything hurts
more when i hike on flat. Go figure?

Tomorrow’s hike entails a 30 mile stretch without water. Not good. It is called the Hat Creek Rim section. We are at a really nice campground and are planning an early start. Thank you Mary!







  1. I have really enjoyed reading about your adventures. Glad you enjoyed this section in my backyard. Reading your blog has given me the courage to try either a section hike or the John Muir Trail next summer (solo)

  2. Loved the “Dawn” photo. Remember: fear precedes courage, my new mantra. You did well!

  3. Quite the log crossing, I can understand your panic. You’re having quite the adventure.

  4. Mary aka Cordy

    Rockin, Hope your hike through the Hat Creek area was not too hard on you. Looks like the Burney Falls area will be a nice reward for whatever you had to put up with. It was fun to hear how you surprised Tom. Hee Hee.

  5. Donna Roberts

    Thinking of you as starting to pack for Zion trek. Just read Wild, about the PCT and have incredible respect and awe for what you are doing. Safe travels!

    • Glad to hear the packing has begun! I have Wild as an audio book for the trail and haven’t listened to it yet. Have fun on your trip. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  6. Some beautiful country. Very different pictures than I usually see. Hope the aches and pains have subsided.

    • Luckily I have different pains everyday. It keeps me in check. You are so right it is sometimes hard just getting up everyday and knowing that you are going to walk for 10 to 12 hours again.

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