Due to injury and wildfire-induced trail closures, Journey Man and I flipped back down south to Northern California to fill in miles that we skipped previously— 622.3 miles to be exact. We hopped back on trail from Burney and took our time working up the miles. We started with a ten-mile day, then fifteen, then low twenties. My pack felt heavy despite the small food carries, and my feet felt heavy like they forgot how to hike. Despite the difficult physical adjustment back to trail, we fell into a great new bubble of hikers. We made new friends and quickly fell back into our daily hiking routines.
We came across some trail registers and flipped back in the pages to find earlier entries from trail friends who passed through before us. California welcomed us with cool weather and a beautiful walk around Hat Creek Rim.
Our hiker friend Twist grew up in Portland, OR. He had a whole itinerary of people he wanted to see on particular weekends. Lucky for Journey Man and myself, Twist invited us to join him for a couple weekends. We first met Twist’s parents, Steve and Laurie, in Sun River. They
A couple days in to the time off trail in Seattle, I had to sit with myself and ponder the real possibility that I might not return to trail. It was such a disappointing thought. It made me mad. And sad. I didn’t want to be done hiking. I had two of the most talked about sections still left to complete—the North Cascades and the Sierra...
The next morning, Journey Man and I took our time climbing up to Old Snowy Mountain from camp. The views were incredible and expansive. I was on top of the world. We ridge-walked down the exposed Knife’s Edge and back to an idyllic green landscape. It was my favorite day on trail so far.