Woke up around 4:45am and my first thought was “yes! It is way too dark to take photos, I can go back to sleep”.
Got out of the tent around 5:30am and made coffee. There was a fisherman’s truck parked at the other end of the bridge. I walked out onto the bridge, sat down, and had my morning coffee. The truck soon left and I took a bunch of photos of all shapes and sorts.
Before I left I went down the steep hill to the water. I was glad I did because the water was pretty still and it made for some good photos. I went under the bridge where it is bolted to the hill and you can see the expansion joints. The bridge is mounted essentially on rollers so it can literally roll around the mounts as it gets hot or cold.
Finally about 9:30am I was back on the PCT. Rolled back into Burney Falls State Park for the second time around 11:00am or so. Texas Poo, Soulshine, and a few other folks were there. They were with a hiker named Gavin whom I had not me before. Spitfire was there. We all hung out on the side of the store for a chunk of the day. I ended up taking a nap next to a picnic table since I was so tired.
We mostly were all just waiting out the heat. Spitfire mentioned that some hikers were over at the Visitor center. Somehow the guy who I had butted heads with online came up. Spitfire told me that it was a bit of a joke that the guy was doing. I had mixed feelings about this in that life is short, so getting people all riled up and wasting their time I find kind of an jerk move. Whatever, not worth wasting more time thinking about it.
I ended up leaving in the afternoon. The trail crossed the Lake Britton Dam which was kind of cool. Had to take a break at Rock Creek and rest. I made some dinner so I could pretend I had to stop for a reason other than being tired. Leaving the creek there was a cool waterfall. It basically fell down several feet into this hidden pool, to which the pool emptied into another waterfall.
I hiked until dark where I found a flat spot off the trail and made camp.