Most likely illegal camping at Fish Hatchery to Burney Falls State Park Campground
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
~Louisa May Alcott
I find it ever amazing what hikers will be willing to do and put up with while on the trail, sometimes even on the edge of being illegal. Last night was spent in a day use area on private land at the Crystal Lake Hatchery. As I was packing up this morning fish hatchery workers were driving into work and waving. How funny is that? I was expecting a ticket, warning, or scolding at least. Nope just waves.
Tom aka Recycle (trail name) and I hiked 12 miles into Burney Falls State Park Campground and had a great 1/2 day drinking coffee, enjoying the falls, taking a needed shower, food resupply, and catching up on emails and phone calls. As I was picking up my resupply box I sent to myself, I heard Rockin’. There was Greg that I met in Drakesbad. He was waiting for a very special pie being sent Fed Ex from his girlfriend. How neat is that?
Oh and I should tell a little bit about Recycle’s new trail name. Tom is an avid environmentalist, loves nature and animals, is very educated on all kinds of preservation, and more importantly fights for what he feels passionate about. In fact at the PCT Kick Off he could be found gathering items for recycling and he has already located the bins at this park.
Burney Falls is a must do. It also is a perfect place for kids and is just plain gorgeous. The camp store has a large selection of all kinds of food and the visitors center features a great video on the geology and history of the park.
A little off topic, but many are reading the book Wild. I have not read it yet, but Recycle says that it sells not only because it is about a woman in the outdoors, but that it has drama, drugs, strife, and ignorance (or sex, drugs and rock n’ roll). So I am not all that and most likely am boring at times. For this reason I want to thank you all for following this passionate hiker that loves the land. Have a great night.