Monday, July 5, 2010

Sierra City, mile 1197

Ishmael and I made it ti Sierra City this morning in time for breakfast. We arrived at the cafe to find Furniture, Bojangles, Lakewood, Clifhanger and Milksheik, and Ed. It was great to see all my friends in town. For breakfast I got biscuits with gravy, hashbrowns, and eggs all on top, with a load of hot sauce. Great morning for sure. Taking the rest of this holiday off to relax, and see some live music in Downieville, and eat pints of Ben and Jerry's, thanks Ed!

For something different, here's a journal entry from one day of this last section.

Woke up today on a damp patch of dirt with the location of the trail unknown. As darkness descended the previous night we thought we had located the path, but as we went that direction this morning it was no where to be found. When I looked at the compass I realized we had been heading west, down a drainage, while we should be going north on a separate ridge. After backtracking, we found a patch of trail, then more snow, but we were headed in the right direction. We bushwhacked for what seemed like hours, knowing we had to meet Macy for lunch 12 miles further ahead and not knowing what we would encounter.
Often we would see short bits of trail, and follow it around a bend, and my heart would again sink as it would be burried. We made it to a south west face, and enjoyed a few miles of mostly clear dirt and mud. Ed caught us just before Highway 40, and we crossed a bit more snow. We made it just in time to meet Macy, who brought us huge burritos and beer, and good distraction from the hard traveling. By the time we left it was 3 pm and we decided to go to the Peter Grubb ski hut, only 7 miles further. It was so nice to get to camp before dark, and have some time to relax a bit, with out feeling rushed. We made dinner and stared at a fire in the wood stove, and had a great sleep in the warm loft. Finally a good day.

Peter Grubb hut

1 comment:

Robert said...

A full breakfast and taking the holiday off to party? That's not roughing it! :-) When do you see yourself up in the PacNW so that we can meet up?