I spent a couple days in town before I planned a road trip up to Portland. A trail angel reached out to me about getting me up to PCT days in time and offered to take my tramily with us. It took a little bit of convincing, but they finally said yes when I mentioned there would be paddle boarding.
Day one involved us going to Burney falls, me getting stung by something, the Subwave caves and then a paddle in campsite for the night. It was breathtaking to paddle with the sunset over mount Shasta. we ended the night with watching a movie all piled into Dreamcatcher's tent.
Day two was a long day, but split it up with going to McCloud falls. Upper, middle, and lower falls, and we swam in the middle falls :) The water was so cold and refreshing. Then we got some Thai food for lunch. We camped at a drive in front country campsite and paddled more that evening.
Day three we road tripped up to crater lake to sight see those wonderful views. We camped at shelter cove that night. I had a splitting headache so I went to bed at 6 as I didn't feel very social.
Day four we finally arrived in Portland. We did a huge Costco run for our resupplies, then checked into our fancy hotel that we got for a crazy good price with free drinks. Then we met up with Duck and went to Karaoke night. I got the courage to get up and sing so that was pretty cool for me.
Day five we stayed in Portland to continue getting our resupplies together for our Washington boxes. We met Duck's parents and stayed there for the night to organize our boxes and get our calories in check. I also got my period so that was rough.
Day six we finished getting our resupplies and finalized our boxes, we watched movies, went to an arcade and got a bunch of tickets to use for stickers and friendship bracelets etc.
Day seven we finally made it to Cascade Locks and to PCT days. We shipped out our boxes from the post office there. Then we heading to the event and started to check out the booths. I got a bunch of free stuff, as did everyone and we had a blast catching up with friends we have met throughout the trail. That night we went to a restaurant for dinner and then retired to bed around 10:30pm.
Day eight we decided that we would head out on trail. My tramily left earlier than I did around 5, and then I left around 7. I night hiked into Washington, I crossed the bridge of the gods (but I will again soon) and went ahead to hike to Canada.
17 ish miles hiked
Woke up early around 5:30 to get ready to hike hard today. I did pretty awesome, slow and steady up the ascent and speedy on the decent... and then I (of course) hurt my knee and tweaked it on a hidden stump under the burnt trail. I face planted on the ground and twisted my knee in a weird way. So after 17 ish miles I got off trail and headed into town early. I iced my knee, set up camp in the park and got some pizza to eat in my tent.
I watched some movies too because I got set up early and tomorrow I would wait till 2 ish for my friends to come into town.
6 ish miles hiked
Woke up and got ready to leave at 7am to Belden.
Once I arrived around 8 I set up my tent to nap a bit and wait for my friend to show up around 10-11 ish.
After they arrived Dreamcatcher and I caught up a bit and then we all chatted and waited for the kitchen to open up at 12:30pm. We then ate some lunch and around 2pm got ready to start hiking.
Flow and Charlotte started about 30 minutes before me because I had to pack up my tent and then I got some trail magic so I couldn't turn that down.
When I say this was the hardest day in about a month for me I mean it. I had to stop every 5-10 minutes. At one point it was so hot for me that I couldn't walk anymore because of that heat. There also wasn't any shade so I rested for an hour in direct heat waiting for it to cool down. (Which it really didn't)
The plan was to hike 11.4 miles today, I only made it about 6 before I had to call it quits for the day and set up camp early. I messaged my friend's garmin to let her know and I set up camp solo tonight. No one else camped near me so I had a relaxing evening after that gruelling climb and went to bed early. I knew that tomorrow I'd have to hike longer and faster to catch up to my friends now.
I found a blue bird or woodpecker feather at camp, packed it out because apparently feather's are good luck!
Today I was going to get to Belden and wait for my friends to show up tomorrow morning but I asked my trail angel family if it would be easier to stay another night and go in the morning and they agreed!
So today we got the famous Quincy ice cream! Hands down the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. No joke whatsoever.
Megan, the girls and I went to their favourite watering hole to hang out and float/swim.
The girls asked me to help them with making a fort and I went all into it. Very fun to put smiles on their faces.
We got pizza for dinner tonight and had another movie night
It was so wonderful to be taken in by this family and join them for almost two days. They are such amazing people and I hope we all keep in touch in the future
Hitching to Quincy (to get closer to my friend from the Desert and hike with her)
Today I hung out with Flame until her bus left at 10:55am. We went to a coffee shop and chatted and then the bus station.
Then I went to the gas station and set up to hitch with my sign to Quincy.
After about 15 minutes (it felt like an hour because of the heat) I heard someone behind me say “We will take you.” And it ended up being a husband and wife. They lived in Reno but said they had nothing else to do that day so they took me 2 hours out of their way to get me to Quincy and then drive home.
We had a good drive chatting. When we got to Quincy they asked me where I was staying so the could drive me there…. But I didn’t know where I was staying.
So we drove around the town once to see what there was and decided to drop me off at the fire station to ask any firemen if they had any yard I could camp in or a living room floor to sleep on.
One person said yes and I waited for 40 mins for them to be done with work. His wife and kids came by as well and I got a ride with them.
Then I quickly set up camp and we went to the store for me to get some food.
Then we did some laundry for me, I got a nice home cooked meal and watched The Greatest Showman for the first time.
It was a late night, we stayed up till about 10pm.
Honestly these days weren’t great. And I don’t want to talk about them because it would be beneath me to talk about what has happened between me and others on trail.
So the good parts I will remember from this day are:
Saw colonel and something else and Chaka and that was nice
Ate a wonderful meal that pocket lizard cooked for everyone
*A bad part was the post office again not having my package… third day I tried to get it now lol
I saw Flame and Riptide again
Dance party for a few minutes in the hostel lobby with random people
And a big lunch with people
blah blah end day….
Today more things I won’t talk about happened.
It was a terrible day. “A no good very bad day”. I felt absolutely horrible.
But to focus on the good again here are the good things of the day:
I finally got my package
Flame really went out of her way to make me feel better and we hung out all night and drank, painted nails and did face masks and ate food.
Today I slept in and then packed up and put my stuff in the hostel’s office room to go explore the town again.
First stop was the post office…. And guess what, my package isn’t there…. Again.
So I went to explore the town and look at shops, after I went back to the post office… nothing still.
So looks like that will be what I figure out tomorrow now.
For lunch I ordered Mac and cheese and ceasar salad, I packed up half and brought it back to the hostel and got another night’s stay.
Pocket lizard and miss pancakes should be showing up today so hopefully we can do dinner together!
I just relaxed the rest of the day and rested my ankle a bit :)
Pocket lizard and miss pancakes did show up! And we went to the night market together and then dinner (this time I ordered lobster Mac and cheese and split it with miss pancakes)
I also finally got my lemonade after I’ve been craving it for almost 2 weeks. So happy.
15ish miles hiked?
Today I was going to CRUSH a 20 miler day. But…. Then I did the math and realized that even if I did a 20 today I would be behind schedule of getting to Burney/Shasta (because of that darn post office issue in Tahoe)
So I decided to hike out and meet everyone in Truckee a day early and wait for them (keeping me on schedule)
I rather skip a few and come back to do them later then not be able to make it to my target in time and get my ride to pct days.
This was the right decision for me :)
The day was easy! Besides the pack weight being crazy heavy with those darn cheeses and meats I was feeling great. I saw some beautiful lakes, saw another marmot. And ate my snacks near another lake that I was so so tempted to swim in.
I kinda regret not swimming in it now though.
I hiked out the 6 miles in the insane heat and then worked for about 40 minutes for a hitch.
I eventually got out my sign and covered everything but pct hiker and then kept trying. I had a couple drive past me while reading it and I thought nothing of it but they turned around and parked down the street and walked towards me saying they will give me a ride! And all the way to Truckee! That was awesome of them and I was so grateful!
I got to the hostel, booked my room (so expensive omg 😭) and then went out to take myself out for dinner :)
I truly enjoy exploring towns by myself now, before I would be so scared and uncomfortable and now I absolutely love it 🥰
9.24 miles hiked
Today I left the vortex that is Tahoe finally. 301 offered to give me a ride to the post office to pick up my packages and then to the trailhead. Super appreciated! What a cool dude too.
I got some ice cream before I hit the trail and started my hike at 12pm.
I knew today would be hard but I definitely didn’t anticipate it being this hard.
My pack was heavy because I packed cheeses and meats and bread and butter this time. So that weight caused my feet to hurt within the first 3 miles… which hasn’t happened since the desert. Yikes.
The terrain was also brutal on my feet and ankles. The elevation was easy though. So instead of my planned 15 miles I managed just under 10 and tomorrow I will push it harder.
I took lots of breaks today because of my period cramps. That was the main reason I stopped early. I needed to rest and take pain killers and eat and well cry doubled in pain really haha.
I also bleed through my tampon so I had to wash my clothes as well when I got to camp.
I had a horrible interaction with a weekend hiker today too. I ended up camping somewhere else on the other side of the trail. Shook me a little bit, I’m just straight up appalled.
After dinner, I rolled out my hip flexors and then I saw a gorgeous sunset, watched my show and wrote this blog :)
After Yosemite with the smoke I needed some time off. Plus my ankle was still hurting, as well as my foot. So I decided to take a mental reset and rest my mind and body before the next section.
I met a man named Paul on the trail and he offered his number as a trail angel for me to stay when I got to Tahoe. So I had messaged him while I was on trail in the Sierra before I hit Sonora pass and told him my situation. He told me to message him the day before I got to Kennedy Meadows North and he will pick me up and I could stay at his place with his wife in Tahoe.
I was so thankful and agreed. I brought another hiker who was injured with me and Paul picked us up and drove us 3 HOURS back to his house. A true trail angel. Him and his wife Mary are absolutely amazing people. True angels sent to me. They allowed me to send a couple packages to their house, They let us do laundry, shower, cooked us dinner, washed our tents, took us to town, took us to the beach to swim. Just completely giving people. I can never thank them enough for their kindness and friendship and I can’t wait to visit them again. (They also drove to Truckee when I got there to give me my shorts that was delivered to their house after I left)
Over those few days I didn’t do much but rest and watch Netflix and go to town for ice cream and gear decisions and swimming.
After a few days Paul drove us to South Lake Tahoe to meet up with our friends. He spent some time driving us to get new phone screen protectors, drove our friends to the campsite with us, had lunch with us etc :)
I went out for a night on the town that night with my friends as well.
Then the next day I decided to get a tattoo. I’m still here. That’s what I got. It was sporadic but means a damn lot to me :)
I had to stay another day after my friends due to my box not being in Tahoe on time but the next day I was ready to go and hit Desolation wilderness :)