July 20, 2017: Hiked Miles 1388.2 to 1416.5 (28.3 total)
We woke up to the most gorgeous sunrise this morning. The entire horizon for as far as I could see was pink and purple. I was going to take a picture for you guys, but then I fell back asleep. Guess you’ll have to go see it for yourself!
We had some great strawberries and bananas to snack on with breakfast that our amazing trail angels had left us from the night before. The sun was shining on our faces and it was the perfect way to start the morning.
Our hiking started off along the rim again and we had some good views as we got closer to the valley floor.
I have been seeing this plant/flower along the trail for awhile now:
We passed by some nice cow ponds that I’m thankful we didn’t have to get water out of.
And of course we had some more views of Mt. Shasta:
The hiking was easy, the weather wasn’t too warm yet, I listened to a few podcasts, and we cranked out the miles in no time.
We crossed over the Cassel Fall River road and finally got to walk along the painted footsteps that cross the road.
We passed by the Baum Lake Powerhouse.
And then we continued on the trail.
We crossed Highway 299, a highway I have drove thousands of times.
And then all the sudden we came upon the Wildbird Cache. I had heard about the cache but never knew where it was so it totally surprised me to come across it.
There was lots of cold water and lemonade, licorice, and snacks.
We crossed over the highway and into Burney Falls State Park. We crossed over Burney Creek.
And then we made it to our ending point for the day with another encouraging sign:
He dropped us off at Colton’s parents house where they insisted that we spray our feet off before we walked in the house. I took the longest shower ever, the layers of dirt just melted off. I guess eleven days without a shower is a little much.
We were so excited to hear that they had bought steaks for us for dinner.
We finished the night off with grasshopper pie, the best dessert in the world. If you haven’t had it, just make it. You won’t regret it.
We didn’t crash out until almost midnight, so far past our bedtime. Hopefully we can sleep in tomorrow morning. With this comfy bed, I don’t think it will be a problem.