We got into Mt. Shasta early on the 29th. It was easy walking and we had 20 miles done by 1 pm. Got a ride into Shasta quickly too. The day was pretty busy though. We had not been to an outfitter in weeks, since Tahoe really. We also needed some R&R. Ate dinner at Billy Goat's Tavern and enjoyed some of the best food on the trail yet. Watched some olympics too. It was a good day.
Yesterday we had so much to do. We made resupply boxes for
Callahan's Lodge and Timberline Lodge. Not really sure why it took all
day. Maybe it was the all you can eat pizza buffet, or the walking all
over town. We didnt return to the hotel until after 3 pm. Then ziplocs
and noodles were flying all over the tiny hotel room. We finally went to
dinner at 730, after packing and labeling 5 boxes, Lauren sewed my
shorts, I installed her new pole tips and soaked her feet. Sushi for her
town birthday. None for me, another burger instead. Then more Olympic
watching in the hotel room. Shasta was a great place for a zero. Very
much a hippie town with a very laid back feeling to it.
Today we took it kinda slow getting out of town. The vortex of town
made it hard to leave. Though I love hiking to death, the good life
sometimes does appeal to me. Its such an easy life, waking up in a bed,
eating 3 large meals (or more), and the beer and television, its good
stuff. But the goodness of town does wear off eventually. Luckily we
have not been in town enough on this hike to wear off its charm. On the
Hayduke Trail this April, me and d=rt were forced off the trail for 3
nights due to a snoe storm in Bryce. The tiny town of Tropic, Utah wore
off its charm pretty quick.
We finally were on the trail by 1 pm. It felt pretty good to be
hiking again. Tomorrow is Lauren's birthday. I have a few small
surprises for her, nothing big! We are camped in a sweet spot. Amazing
sunset. Should be a great sunrise too. We plan to start early and hike a
30 mile day for her 30th!