From Burney Falls to Etna (Mile 1606)

Having left all our “chores” for after our amazing visit with my family, we had quite a day ahead of us after they headed home. We’d arranged a ride back to the trailhead from the hotel clerk who said he’d take us whenever we were ready, so we leisurely went about sorting through our supplies, fixing my broken pack, and a few runs to the store. There were also leftovers from the weekend to dispose of … into our bellies. As we worked, we set about finishing off leftover Chinese food, fruit, snacks, and a couple beers.  Then our eyes fell upon a bottle of vodka which we’d planned to pack out with us … “Well, while we’re here …” By the time our chores were finally done, there was a serious dent in the bottle and we no longer felt any real drive to hike. Whoops! Finally back at the trailhead in the late afternoon, we managed a few miles before plopping down to camp near Lake Britton where we’d been boating a few days earlier. Not a terribly productive day,  mileage-wise, but a fun one nonetheless.

Lovely little camp spot near Lake Britton Day after such a looong day of hiking :)

Lovely little camp spot near Lake Britton Day after such a looong day of hiking :)

Serenity

Serenity

We actually stopped for a resupply between Burney Falls and Etna – in the tiny town of Castella just off the trail – but I combined these two sections into one because there isn’t a whole lot to report. The trail since Burney has been beautiful, but there are only so many ways to say, “We woke up, hiked, ate, hiked, and slept,” without being ridiculously repetitive.  The first day notwithstanding, this leg has flown by – we are mo!ti!vated! Seeing family was wonderful and we need more of it. Plus, we are ready to get the heck out of California. We’ve been walking for ages; it’s time to be able to say we’ve at least made it out of state. We’ve decided 25 is the new 20 and have been pulling 25 miles at a minimum each day. We pulled out another 30 the other day just because we had the time. I don’t know what’s happened to us. We both admitted to being sad that the trail didn’t ascend Mt. Shasta, merely passed near it. I never would have imagined being sad that I didn’t have yet another mountain to summit, but here we are. Physically, we’re feeling better than we have the whole trip, and we’re moving right along. We did the 100 miles from Castella to Etna in under 4 full days of hiking (daily totals 25, 30, 26, and 19 miles). We’ll be crossing the border into Oregon Sunday night if all goes according to plan. We’re coming for you, Canada!

Our buddies for breakfast at Ash Camp near McCloud River

Our buddies for breakfast at Ash Camp near McCloud River

Near the 5 freeway ... just a quick ride home. Should we hitch?

Near the 5 freeway … just a quick ride home. Should we hitch?

Sign at the campground in Castella. The numbers are a little off, but it is nice to see the mileage to Canada noticeably less than the miles to Mexico!

Sign at the campground in Castella. The numbers are a little off, but it is nice to see the mileage to Canada noticeably less than the miles to Mexico!

*There is a fire burning near our current location of Etna (in the Marble Mountain Wilderness of Klamath National Forest). We have been experiencing lots of smoke but we’re not in the fire’s path (fingers crossed that remains the case!). The PCT is still open for now. We’re marching on and hope to be out of it soon!*

**Sorry for the less-than-enthralling post … we’re kicking around some ideas for future blog posts, but if there is anything you want to see in particular, let us know in the comments or shoot me an email.**

I do not know who names these water sources. Lately we've passed Poison Creek, Deadman Creek, Butcherknife Creek ... No thank you, Burstarse Creek. I want nothing to do with your water or the consequences that come with drinking it.

I do not know who names these water sources. Lately we’ve passed Poison Creek, Deadman Creek, Butcherknife Creek … No thank you, Burstarse Creek. I want nothing to do with your water or the consequences that come from drinking it.

Fantastic view of Mt. Shasta

Fantastic view of Mt. Shasta

I will never get tired of these kinds of views.

I will never get tired of these kinds of views.

 

 

4 comments on “From Burney Falls to Etna (Mile 1606)

  1. Stunning views that only you get to see in person. What a privilage! Those new shoes have “turbo charge” written all over them! Into overdrive and soon you’ll be home. Tons of love and hugs

  2. Beautiful . . . not just the view, as mentioned, but that smiling face (I wanna kiss so bad!) and I see the ring on your left hand!!!! Smooches to both of you! xxoo

  3. So thrilling to see pictures of the views you two see throughout your day. I continue to be inspired and amazed by your endurance, dedication, and drive.

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