Daily Archives: July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013

Day 88: Near Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery [mp 1411.23]

Tonight the stars are all out and the bugs are mostly gone . The only sounds I hear are the constant whirring of a nearby power turbine, some sort of critter making plans to beat me up tonight, and the sound of water leaking from an aqueduct pipe.

Was on the trail by around 7:00am after sleeping in a bit. Went abut a half mile around a corner and then had really good cell service. I decided to stop and update the blog. This ended up taking abut 90 minutes since I also had other internet things to do, like order a backup hard drive to get shipped to Dunsmuir, pay bills, that sort of thing. Lately I have found that I have decent internet ontop of ridges, but it is non-existent in many of the towns near the trail…so I have to take it when I can get it.

Ran into Beorn while I was sitting on my stump working away. He told me that we lucked out with the weather and that today was supposed to be the coolest of the week.

At 10:00am I had 2.5 miles in, but didn’t really care. The trail was mostly flat today.

Got to the water cache around 1:30pm. Beorn, Mario, Erin, and Lightning Rod were all there. I didn’t need any water since I still had three liters, but the shade was very welcome. We talked for about an hour and then Mario/Erin left. The rest of us left around 5:00pm. It was just like Southern California again with long rest during the hot part of the day.

The next water was about 14 miles away or so and we were all planning on camping next to it. I unplugged my phone from the solar charger, almost made it to 100%. Got to 97%, I don’t think it has been fully charged since Truckee.

I walked by myself the rest of the day. I did stop at the 1400 mile mark and took a few photos. I almost forgot to keep an eye on the GPS for the point. The trail stuck to the rim and eventually dropped down.

I reached the water around 9:45pm. It looks like someone else is camped near here but I can’t tell who. Another hiker just came by with a headlamp, I whistled to them but they didn’t see/hear me.

Tomorrow is a whopping 12 mile push to Burney Falls State Park where I have a resupply box. Before that though I have something special to do, so you all are going to have to wait for that The next update might be in a few days when I get to Dunsmuir around Wednesday/Thursday of next week.

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6:11am
Almost sunrise from tent
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6:38am

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6:39am
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8:41am
Mt. Shasta on the distance

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8:56am
My three bar computer work stump
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9:03am

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9:27am
Cow pies on the ground mean a lot of gates to go through
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9:59am
The trail stays on the edge of this rim for several miles

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10:46am
Lost Creek drainage
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10:54am
It is a mile off trail and downhill

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11:14am
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11:47am

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11:58am
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12:25pm
There was a bee party here earlier

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12:31pm
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12:37pm
Looking back at Mount Lassen and where Old Station is (behind that peak in the center)

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1:08pm
Cow pies, brush, no water, heat....it is Southern California all over.
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1:11pm

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1:12pm
This sure was not an AT&T tower
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1:13pm

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1:14pm

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1:49pm
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2:59pm
At the "Cache 22" water cache

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3:12pm
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4:45pm

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4:48pm
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5:03pm

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5:28pm
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5:33pm
Passed mile 1400 today!

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5:39pm
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5:39pm
A water cache for cows

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5:57pm
Mile 1400 Is by that tree.
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6:12pm

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6:23pm
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6:25pm

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6:37pm
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6:38pm

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7:01pm
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7:01pm
Trail still huggin' the rim
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7:40pm
From a distance I thought the sign was melted, but it was just a power insulator on a post

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8:00pm
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8:25pm
Cute trail crosswalk

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8:28pm
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8:39pm

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8:51pm
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8:59pm

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9:04pm
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9:55pm
Leaky aqueduct pipe, more pics tomorrow since I am camped near it.
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10:50pm
Managed to cram the whole rice mix into a .8 liter pot