Reclining in Incline / by nigel grey

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been awhile, this last section threaded us through the world of no WIFI and spotty cell service. We are kicking back at Grandma and Grandpa Jacka's house in Tahoe for a few days, eagerly awaiting the next hiking party through Desolation Wilderness. Coreen's dad will be joining us for the 60+ miles around the Lake. We can't wait!

We experienced our first (and hopefully last) missing box of food at the Belden Town Lodge and decided to skip down to Tahoe to rest and refuel. We can't say this was a huge disappointment. After days of hiking 20-25 miles a day and asking our bodies and minds to work like they've never done before, stillness and "doing nothing" feels more peaceful than we can describe. We also are loving a break from trail cuisine, which isn't always what one would call a fine dining experience... although we do know how to really spice up a pasta dish these days. 

Since the last post we wound our way south from Etna, through Castella,  Burney Falls, Old Station (probably our least favorite town so far) and Drakesbad Guest Ranch (probably our favorite place on trail as it is home to the world's best hot spring fed swimming pool). We also strode past the midpoint! Woohoo! Halfway home!

It's been a fantastic challenge and though we've grown immensely in the past two months, there's always a feeling floating around that we are tiny pixels, hardly moving, breathing heavy and soaking with sweat as we put one foot in front of the other. 

 

And now some snapshots (in some semblance of chronological order) 

 

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

Trail delirium  

Trail delirium  

I spy a butterfly... Or twelve 

I spy a butterfly... Or twelve 

Castle Crag

Castle Crag

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A dynamite spot to camp for the night

A dynamite spot to camp for the night

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Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Just some daily trail inspiration from a hair tie

Just some daily trail inspiration from a hair tie

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It was 18 miles after our last water stop and a real hot day when we came upon this beauty  

It was 18 miles after our last water stop and a real hot day when we came upon this beauty  

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Some nobos (jackrabbit, larb and chuck wagon) that finished the trail, bought a Honda Civic for $1300 in Washington and were cruising back down while giving some trail magic along the way - in our case it was in the form of buttermilk pancakes in Old Station where there wasn't much more than expired bread and marshmallows for sale. (Also, check out all those beards)

Some nobos (jackrabbit, larb and chuck wagon) that finished the trail, bought a Honda Civic for $1300 in Washington and were cruising back down while giving some trail magic along the way - in our case it was in the form of buttermilk pancakes in Old Station where there wasn't much more than expired bread and marshmallows for sale. (Also, check out all those beards)

See that pool down below? We did too & had to take a dip  

See that pool down below? We did too & had to take a dip  

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Pure pool noodle joy

Pure pool noodle joy

Yea

Yea

Walking into Belden. You can hear that train acomin'

Walking into Belden. You can hear that train acomin'

First stop - milkshakes!

First stop - milkshakes!

A new kind of lake break

A new kind of lake break

Lake Tahoe  

Lake Tahoe  

Celebrating the trail in all of us,

n+c/ jelly and flossy  

(That's right, folks, he has a trail name)