a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
starts with a single step.
Etna Summit to Etna (10.6 Miles Roadwalk off trail)
Since we only plan to hike 10 miles from Etna Summit back to Etna today, with no backpack on (slack packing in hiker slang), we decide we might as well sleep in a little bit. Feeling very rested we join Cate out in the patio and hand here over our shopping list for dinner. She is going to Walmart today and will buy everything we need to make a delicious eggplant parmigiana and some other super delicious food! Our next stop is the bakery where we get some sweet and savory pastry for today's hike. We leave the store, walk on the road for some minutes and then hear a car approaching. Thumbs out! Two minutes later we are sitting in John's car. John is Canadian but lives in Tarent, Oregon out here for a 2-day hike. After a 15 minute ride we reach the top where we say our goodbyes and start our walk back to Etna. More than one person driving by stops and asks us if we need a ride. Yeah. People don't get that some people do this for fun. Well, not exactly fun. But we are committed to hiking from Mexico to Canada, so no, thank you very much, we will keep walking.
After almost 3 hours we are back in Etna. We saw a bear on the way down! Back in town we grab our towels and head over to the community pool for a dip. It's really hot today. We were here last time. This feels a bit weird. But in a nice way.
Then it's time to get cooking! We head back over to Cate's and start making dinner for 8 people including us. Eggplant Parmigiana, Pasta, Puff Pastry rolls with pesto, mustard, sour cream and ham, Tiramisu. At 7pm the guests come, Cate's dad with his partner and their niece, Chris and Cate. Cate found three more hikers from Germany in the park and invites them over too. They decide to spend the night with us in the garage. While they go grab their belongings in the park we prepare their beds. It's nice to have new company!
What another great day in Etna comes to an end. Tomorrow we will get up at 7am and do a 21 mile roadwork back to the PCT. Let's finish the last 300 miles, let's finish this thing!