a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
starts with a single step.
Miles 1241.8 to 1246.2 (4.4 Miles) Burney to Little Creek Meadow Campground
What a horrible night. One snorer in here ruined my entire sleep, it really drove me mad! That's why we are sleeping in today. Spaghetti Carbonara and pizza leftovers for breakfast together with the free coffee and good company in the shape of Sprout and Switch, two young Americans hiking together, Switch is a guy from Portland going to med school and Sprout is a girl, a teacher from Colorado. Our next section is Burney to Belden. Our last section of the PCT. This is a big deal and makes us feel a little emotional. We will be home in just a couple of days really. We also realize we are not really in a rush and therefore take our time today. We talk to some friends, finish packing and then eventually get out on the road to catch a ride. We are in luck today, Cheryl picks us up after only a couple of seconds. In fact, she was driving the other way, but saw us and decided to give us a ride. So sweet! Thank you Cheryl!!! She even takes us on a detour to show us some sculptures made out of iron which turns out to be really interesting and is so close to the PCT!
And then finally we are back on trail. We are in a strange mood though and can't really put the finger on what is occupying our minds. I guess just knowing that our life is about to change drastically in the next few weeks makes it hard to stay in the moment right now. And this time around on the PCT we know just how important it is to appreciate every second out here. And we are enjoying it so much! But we are also afraid of missing it again in just a matter of weeks. We know what it's like to feel homesick for this trail. It's not easy. Maybe the second time round it won't be as bad, maybe we will get some kind of closure. Maybe not. It's really hard to tell how this will play out. And so we talk about our future, about so many special moments coming up. Weddings of best friends, significant birthdays of family members, new jobs, our much loved apartment. Diving back into our old life. But starting afresh.
Only a few miles south of Burney is the Burney Guest Ranch, a must stop for every PCT hiker. We decided not to spend the night here and save the money, but just get something to drink and check out their food supply store we heard so much about. And it really is amazing! They've got everything a hiker could ask for! But there aren't many hikers around right now and it's still early afternoon so we decide to hit the trail again.
There vegetation here is interesting. Very dry, but still very rich in vegetation. Lots of trees, flowers, bees buzzing around. Desertlike. Beautiful. This just gives us a taste of what's to come. Tomorrow we will hike the Hat Creek Rim, the driest section of the PCT besides the Southern California desert section. Water is sparse and temperatures are usually high. This week the temperatures seems to be lower than usual, hopefully this will help us and we won't have to carry as much water,
We take a short break at Crystal Lake and then make our way to the last water source for the next 13 miles. Wow, this place is so picturesque! We decide on the spot to stay here. It's so peaceful, there's water and the campsite looks perfect! It's only 4pm by now, but again, we are not in a rush, we can allow ourselves to have shorter days.
We are soon joined by a Belgian couple who set up their tent right next to ours. We are napping, then blogging, then eventually making dinner and watch Netflix. How I wil miss this simple and yet perfect life.