I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
PCT 10 - Forest in Earnest - Burney to Castella - 89 PCT miles
From Burney the trail entered the forest, with occasional glimpses through the trees of Mt. Lassen, then Mt. Shasta and eventually Castle Crags.
This was a section with a lot of ups and downs, with one day including over 6,000 feet of climbing, but also with a lot of shade to moderate the summer heat. I found myself doing slightly over 20 mile days, which is about the pace that I want to be on right now.
One of my daughters asked what I think about while hiking, and I'm afraid that the answer isn't impressive. Basically I'm just experiencing the trail and being in nature. Few deep thoughts are racing through my mind. I generally hike without listening to anything in the morning, and listen to audio books, podcasts, or music for a few hours in the afternoon. I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in this section. After I make camp, I might read a bit, but I usually go to sleep after a few pages.
There are still a lot of wonderful wildflowers, and it's nice to see some of the same people at breaks who are hiking at about the same pace that I am.
Here are the photos for this section.
Also, I was able to post the photos for the previous section and have updated that entry with a link to them.