August 2, 2014
16 miles today
The sky was dropping ash and the night seemed to have lasted longer. Overnight the fires continued to burn. It seems as though they continued to grow. Hopefully people stay safe, both the firefighters and the locals.
We had to wait for the general store to open to get our resupply boxes. Just as Yogi said in her guide book they said they hadn’t seen our boxes. But I knew via my tracking number it was there. We ended up with so much extra food since we skipped ahead two days. If I would have known the hiker box here was so good I wouldn’t have sent any food ahead. But instead we added to it for future hikers. (You have to ask for it as they keep it in the back.)
After sorting food for the next section we found outlets to charge our electronics. As things charged, we got Torrey to play some cribbage with us. It was a delightful way to spend the morning, but we knew we needed to get some miles in.
We left Burney Falls State Park around 11. It was getting hot but the grade was gentle.
The hiking was good, but hot. I saw some black bear prints along the trail. It was the first time I have ever seen such a sight. It was pretty neat! We pushed on to a bridge to get some shade at for our lunch break. The water felt good, and was pretty delicious to drink.
After lunch we began our climb. There were some pretty epic views of the fire. It is such a crazy thing! All because of a lighting strike, thousands of acres are burning.
We hiked on until it got dark. We didn’t do a huge day, but it was nice. Our sunset was enhanced by the fire. Even the moon is a crazy shade of orange tonight.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax