Trail magic is loosely defined as something that aids a hiker and is usually unexpected. It can come in the form of a roadside cooler of water and soda, an invitation to stay in someones home, or on the case of tonight…food. More on that in a bit.
Ben and I hiked to the road to hitch into Burney. It took well over an hour before we got picked up. We had heard this was a hard hitch, and it was. A 2005 PCT hiker, Mountaingoat, took us in to the Safeway to get food. After that I went to the post office to mail some gear home. My warm insulating jacket shouldn’t be needed for a while and my cookpot and fuel bottle have only been used about 10 times since the border so got sent away as well.
While at the post office a guy that lives near the trail offered to take us back. First we grabbed some Subway sandwiches to go and filled our water bottles.
About 7 miles of hiking later we were at the large campground before the State Park. A large trail crew working for the California Conservation Corp has a base camp set up there. In short we hammered on their leftovers from dinner and it was awesome. We were then invited to have dessert with them when it was ready and breakfast in the morning. Sweet. Except. Shorty after that a ranger drove up and told us it was $15 a person of Ben and I wanted to camp there. She was just doing her job, but out of principle there was no way we were paying to sleep in the woods after hiking over 1400 miles to get there. And so we packed up and hiked on a few extra miles where we are not required to pay and there is no amazing breakfast.
All in all a good day. Mid 20s for miles two hitches a resupply and some magic. Now for a little snooze before getting ready for the push to Castella about 80 something miles from here.
We got booted before I could take pictures of the amazing camp setup the crew had. Oh, and the mosquitos are hungry tonight!
Posted from Burney, California, United States.