NorCal Storms

Getting back on trail at Donner Pass.

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It was just a good warm day back on the trail. Storms developed to the east of us and serenaded us with their rumbles, but we were in bright sunlight the whole day.

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Day 97 – 23 / 1,180

A short day so we could head into Sierra City for resupply.  It was downhill most of the way.  That doesn’t mean that it was easy going, just that we had a net elevation drop.

Happiness on a hot day is finding an ice-cold spring-fed stream from which we can drink and where we can wash our feet, pits and bits.

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Sierra City is a quaint little town, barely more than a bump along the highway. But they sure welcome hikers.  We were able to camp for free on the lawn next to the Methodist church, which was right next to the public bathrooms with free showers. All of this was right around the corner from the general store and post office. A perfect hiker setup.

Once we got our resupply and Jen brought me a very tasty 1-pound cheeseburger with bacon and avocado, we got our camp set up.  After that, the local watering hole, where we got to meet some of the locals and hear about other hikers.  Mostly good, some bad.

Mainly they couldn’t believe that we were hikers, since we cleaned up before heading over there.

It’s the simple things.

Day 98 – 15 / 1,195

We had a 3,000′ climb out of town. So we did the sensible thing and delayed our departure.

After having the hiker special breakfast at the Red Moose Lodge (3 eggs, 3 bacon, 3 sausage, 3 pancakes and home fries plus bottomless coffee) we headed out of town. 

Climbing, climbing, climbing towards the Sierra Buttes.

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Then stopping at this milestone for lunch.

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Then donning the umbrellas for an afternoon of rain and thunder.

Day 99 – 14 / 1,209

A warm, humid morning in the trees, giving way to a warm, rainy, stormy afternoon in the trees.

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Looking back at the Sierra Buttes.

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Day 100 – 23 / 1,232

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