After a pleasant night in my own little cabin and enough time for coffee inside, I started the 10 mile hike to Fish Lake resort.
For the first time I encountered lava rocks and pumice on the trail. When I woke up the sky was clear but towards midday, you could feel the storm coming. A guy at the resort commented that it had just dropped 20F outside!
By midday I was at Fish Lake resort. Checking weather forecasts and conditions reports from Loura and others, I decided to go south for a while. The area north of Fish Lake is snowy and rushing with water currently, and this storm will only add to it with snow forecast to lower elevations (even Fish Lake).
I connected with my trail angels Kathy and Barb, and am immensely grateful that they offered to pick me up and take me to the train station in Klamath Falls. While waiting, I got all laundry and a hot shower done! And ate!
It was wonderful to spend time with them and share stories while out for dinner in Klamath Falls. Thanks again Kathy and Barb!
The train ride was uneventful but the train arrived late in Dunsmuir, around 1:15am. I headed for the Mossbrae Hotel (where I had stayed previously and the owner allowed me to wait in the foyer for daylight). A great gesture and much better than roaming the streets of Dunsmuir in the dark 😂
Tomorrow: food shopping and resting the body for a day! I also wanted to answer a few questions I’ve received:
My feet are doing fine! I wear Altra shoes, the most popular choice of long distance hikers. I have run in them for years and started out in the most cushioned model, the Olympus. My feet are achy in the afternoons on long days, especially when walking roads, but otherwise fine. Some days there is a small blister on the inside of my big toe but “Trail Toes” cream helps the next day. I don’t take ibuprofen but do take turmeric every day, and my feet seem to recover well overnight.
Am I lonely? I wish I had company on difficult stretches to make decisions together but otherwise, hiking alone during the day is typical even when more people are out hiking. I listen to podcasts when it gets too boring. But camping together would be fun … I enjoyed my night with L&T. There should be more and more hikers now …
No wildlife besides curious deer, squirrels, cows and lots of birds. Many bear paw prints but no sightings!
My gear is working out fine. The tent is spacious, albeit a bit bulky to pack. My pot is big and bulky to pack as well so I might switch it out. I’ve lost pole baskets in the snow (replaced since) and my shoulders get sore in the afternoons from my backpack. Other than that … all good!
6 thoughts on “June 5”
Barb and I enjoyed meeting you and are glad we could help in a small way. I know we’ll meet again, get you back to the trail head, then Beccy and I can meet you on the trail some where. Safe travels, love all the stories.
Thanks Kathy. I’m so lucky to have met you and Beccy and Barb! Definitely see you back in OR! Keep hiking 😊
So glad you made it south. Would hate for you to get caught in the snow.
Love the new strawberry look.
Looking forward to see what comes next for you. And can’t wait to get out there myself.
Come on June 29th.
If you ever get back to Oregon or Washington and need someone to hike with let me know.
Stay Safe…. Loura
Thanks Loura! Safe and sound in Dunsmuir. Windy and cold outside with rain but the next 6 days look good! I count on you to meet me for some WA hiking 😉 you’ll want more after your OR hike!!
Thank you very much for the updates Biggi! Love ‘hiking’ with you!😘
You can always come and join me 🙂