Grizzly Peak Road to Squaw Valley Creek (mile 1489.6)
If you wait for the perfect conditions
you’ll never get anything done.
I am cozy and dry in my tent, while rain pours outside. The best feeling ever. Today was a great day. I had energy, no pain, and life was good.
Bear scat every 1/4 mile from yesterday was traded with poison oak that lined the PCT for miles before and after McCloud Creek. It made for some sweet maneuvers.
This evening before the rain started Recycle and I met Cross Cut. He is a PCT hiker that worked for the forest service and is a Search and Rescue volunteer. He misses his wife and wants to get off the trail to be with her. It seems like every man I meet is missing a wife or girlfriend. Their eyes all have the same look of longing. It is so touching.
Tomorrow is a BIG day!!!!! When I cross the Interstate 5 freeway at Castella, I will have finished walking the entire 1662.1 miles of California, every step of the California Section of the PCT. This is really a BIG deal for me. California is one long state and it has taken a few weeks of the last 3 summers to make it happen. SO EXCITED.
I will be taking a couple zero days (no hiking days) after this accomplishment in Dunsmuir to wait for the first trolley into Crater Lake. I will be continuing my hike on June 29 heading 324.6 miles north from Crater Lake to the Oregon/Washington border.
The rain is subsiding and it is time to rest to hike the remaining 17 miles to the freeway tomorrow. Thank you for reading and cheering me on!