Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Day 89- 1,2,3,4,5 uh,uh,uh,uh

July 30, 2016
Alder Creek(1234.4) to Stealth Spot(1261) 26.6 Miles
Total up/down: +5891/-6425 feet

I never heard my alarm this morning. What woke me up at five forty-five was the sound of bees flying around my tent. I knew that today was going to be a challenging day, so I forced myself out of my sleeping bag and started to pack up. Within seconds of leaving camp I came across a strange mileage marker. I took a quick picture and moved on. I didn't understand the significance of it until the end of the day when I was writing down my daily mileage. To be honest I had totally forgotten about it until I wrote down that I started the day at mile 1234. 
Oh, I get it now: mile 1-2-3-4-.5 

My focus for the first part of the day was making it down to the Feather River. I decided to treat myself and go for a swim. It has been ridiculously hot lately and I figured a swim around midday would help to cool me down. For the majority of the morning and afternoon I was walking through thick forest. I was making really good time and I made it to the river before noon. 
My view for the majority of the day

The river was around 2,000 feet of elevation. I dropped down several thousand feet to get there. The more the trail dropped down the hotter it got. By the time I made it to the river I was drenched with sweat. I was hoping that the river would be ice cold, but I had to settle for slightly chilly. It was still really nice. I did some sock laundry and went swimming for an hour. There were some small rapids that I went down until I hit a still pool. I did that run over and over, laughing like a child the whole time. 
Feather River 

Eventually it was time to get moving again. I filtered some water and ate a few snacks before hiking out. I would spend the next thirteen miles hiking mainly uphill. I gained over five thousand feet of elevation. Most of the time the trail was barely going uphill. Then suddenly it would be very steep for a small stretch. I don't like these really extended climbs. I would rather the trail be really steep for a mile or two. I think the Appalachian Trail ruined me for life. Most of the other hikers enjoy the long gradual climbs. Those of us that have hiked the AT would prefer to just get them over with. 
Great water sources today

On the way up the mountain I kept coming across signs that someone had made on the trees. As I slowly made my way up the hill they gave me something to look forward to. 
I always do
Don't really have a choice
Liar. Still had four more miles

Several thousand feet later I finally made it to the top. The views are still really hazy. It makes me wonder if they ever got the fire contained in Southern California or if there is another fire. 
View from Lookout Rock

I was pleased to have gotten my miles in today. I didn't feel as rushed and I even got to swim. I found a nice glade to camp in. The only negative is that it was close to a road. When I was setting up camp there was a fair amount of traffic on the road, but as it began to get dark the traffic became a trickle. Usually I won't camp close to roads, but since this one led to a lake resort I figured it would be ok. Resorts such as this don't get a lot of people coming and going at night. The bee situation was better, but still not great. I wasn't being swarmed by bees. I only had five or six buzzing around me as I cooked dinner. Since I'm doing higher miles than I planned on I have extra food. I was able to eat a double dinner. I had a Chili Mac Mountain House meal(thanks mom and dad) which I added macaroni and cheese to. After dinner I was still hungry, so I had a snickers bar and some Oreos. I probably could have eaten more too. With hiking higher miles in even more hungry than normal. 

"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence." 
- Colin Powell


  1. I wish I could have been with you for your swim time. It would have been fun to hear you laugh like a child again. I guess you are HYOH since you didn't mention any hiker trash. I like the tree signs, too. And, yes you do call every chance you get. Be safe out there, we LY.

    Hi Kathy. I thought I could say hi through Yoda's blog. Glad you are reading along this year. Hope Jokes is doing well. Is he missing long hike this year? There must be a key word from blog that draws in the "not" wanted ads. I'm sure none of us readers, want to see those. Take care.

  2. Yoda, I hope you don't mind I'm using your blog to contact others.
    Airlock, I went back to look at Yoda blog about hummingbird incident. Your comment was priceless. In case others didn't see, I'm reposting. Sometimes your the windshield, other times, the bug. Or, close to what you said. I miss your being on trail this year. Say hi to Gary.

    1. Hi Jeannette, I miss it too! And then sometimes, I don't... :)

  3. Loved the tree signs and your replies to them. I feel like I'm eavesdropping in on the General...but enjoyed her comments as well (kinda miss Airlock too). What a fun blog to visit.
    Heat index is 105 on my acre of Tennessee...would love a Feather River swim and rapid ride. You made it sound wonderful. Yay for your 36 y/o self knowing to enjoy it all like a kid.
    Chris N

  4. The not comprehending the 1234.5 thing reminds of the 1000 to 90 sign that I didn't understand. Because it was 1000 to go... :D

    I like those post-it style notes, too!

  5. Glad you had such a great time in the Feather River! Looks like a fun place! Thanks for sharing those signs too - clever! Hope you don't have much more "Bee" time left - I hate those little guys and gals!!!

  6. Good miles today and congrats on finding a swimming hole. Hope the good days are all ahead. Keep on truckin'.

  7. Yoda, Great to see the progress you have made up the trail. There is an active fire called the GOOSE FIRE that is NE of Fresno. All of California is a tender box because of the draught conditions. There are two other fire areas also, Soberanes Fire which is west of Soledad near the coast and the Big Sur Fire that was North of Big Sur. Thanks for keeping the blog and letting us tag along. Beautiful photography with the reflections and vistas. Feather River sounded like a fun time. Glad you got to stop and take it in. Take care and keep your nose into the wind and your eyes on the horizons (and the trail). Steve


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  9. Dear Yoda, following Airlock's advice, I started reading your PCT blog this year. Last year I read Airlock's AT blog and some part of yours, but this year I'm reading yours completely! I am just in awe of the accomplishments all thru-hikers experience. When I drag myself out of bed to get to my office job I am also very jealous!
    You must be nearing the half-way point pretty soon, but that means we still have about 90 blogs to look forward to. I can't wait! Take care, from Holland.

  10. Natures water slide sounds like so much fun :)