a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
starts with a single step.
Zero in Etna
Sleeping in till 8am, amaaaazing! After video-calling Tanja and Dani I organize our stuff while Dario plants 2 blueberry bushes for Cate, our trail angel and host. Then we're off to get some breakfast, breakfast burritos - our favorite, followed by a brief visit to the post office to collect our two boxes we had shipped here from Sisters. While Dario is napping I take care of the remaining resupply at Ray's Grocery Store and have a lengthy phone conversation with Anja. Then we head out to the library to work on our CVs. Dario doesn't have a job yet back home while I will go back to my former workplace for a couple of months before looking for something else. We are very focused and time passes by really quickly. Before we know it the library closes at 5pm and we walk back over to Cate's. By now we are the only hikers there, everyone else left this morning, headed north.
We join Cate and her sister Chris out on the patio and just end up talking about literally everything. Somehow our Swiss mayonnaise and mustard come up and I bring them out for them to taste. We end up doing a mayonnaise tasting, comparing the US kind to the Swiss kind. Both of them absolutely love our Swiss one and we promise to ship some over once we get home. We spent a great evening with the two ladies. Cate takes out her Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Mask and we play some games, drink wine and beer and just have the most fun evening.
We found out yesterday from NOBO hikers that the Trinity Alps are still impassable due to snow and sketchy traverses which leaves us with a 31 mile roadwalk to a PCT trailhead further south. It means we won't get to hike out of Etna, but instead will hike that part on the road in the valley so as to hike continuous footsteps instead of just skipping this section. As there is no camping along the road we decide to hike the first 10 miles from the Etna Summit trailhead to Etna, and the remaining 21 miles to Scott Mountain trailhead the next day. So tomorrow we will get up early, get a ride to the trailhead and then walk back down to Etna where we will have enough time to hang out another afternoon, and maybe go to the pool and cook dinner for the two sisters and their families. It also means we will be doing a near-o tomorrow and get to enjoy one of our favorite trail towns Etna for another day.