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Begins: Apr 18, 2011
Date: Sat, Sep 24th, 2011
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 1,249.7
Entry Visits: 461
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Miles today: 23
Castle Crags are now behind me, or rather above me, where I end tomorrow after a short morning walk of 7 miles downhill and a bit of flat to reach I-5. A good part of the day I had wonderful views of Mt. Shasta as the trail swept around to the east of it. Occasionally Castle Crags, this jutting up gray formalin of spire-like rocks would come into view also, a bit to the south. The last part of the hike today was a long descent around and next to this formation.
I found a minimalist place for my tent barely off the trail as the day was winding down. I've become much more cavalier just hoping that I can find a spot as daylight starts to fade.
Reptile report: most reptiles in the whole trip today. Lots of scurrying dark brown striped lizards all around . One almost was stepped on as he was so focused on the grasshopper he had just snagged. I was taking out my camera when he came to his senses and dashed off with his prize. Also there was a report of a rattlesnake on the trail but gone when I went by.
Brief view into Pierre's paranoia brain: So I left the key to the car with the motel guy who agreed to let me park it there for these two weeks. I wasn't planning on leaving the key but at the last minute I realize he's parking it right in his own driveway. My brain goes to the place where I read the trip odometer and find that he or someone has been driving the car all around while I've been hiking. Wouldn't that suck?
Let it go... I'm sure that has not happened.
It is hot! It's 75 in my tent. I can't complain in the least as the weather has been phenomenally great. Not a drop of rail the whole time and at he same time, reasonable water all through the trail section.
Long drive back to the 'Couve tomorrow.
Keep smiling, learn something new every day, and lend a helping hand. (Picture- Chocolate Lilly, Augsperger Moutain, Washington Spring 2010)