Daily miles – 22
Total miles – 1702
Just over 3 months to make it to the California / Oregon border, but it finally happened today. Mid morning, we reached the border marker in the woods. Claude, Cherry Coke, Sing Song Show, and a couple others were there at the same time. It was good to reach this milestone. Of all the long trails in the US, this is the longest amount of trail mileage in one state on a single trail – just under 1700 miles – and it feels a bit unending.
Just after the border, we crossed a small gravel road and there was a trail angel set up with lawn chairs, oranges and sodas. That was a nice treat. We had not brought anything to celebrate with at the border, so this snack was our celebratory treat. Thanks Pinnacle! Pinnacle told us that he saw 42 hikers yesterday. So many still on the trail. It feels like we are either in the bubble of hikers or at the edge of it. Him seeing 42 yesterday confirmed it. We only saw 9 other hikers today. Even though we stop to make camp very early today (6pm) we have only seen a couple pass by us. Everybody is spread out, but sit in one place for a whole day and you will see a lot of people.
Hiking today was quite pleasant. The air was the coolest that it has been in a month or more for us. Doubtful that the temperature ever got above 70 degrees. For the first time in a while, we hiked with our wind shirts in the middle of the day. It felt good to be that cool. We had pretty much rolling terrain near the top of a ridge for the day, so the actual walking was good as well.
We had views of both Mt Shasta (to the south) and Mt Jefferson (to the north) today. It seems that as one mountain is getting close to being out of view another one comes into view. It should be like that for the rest of the trail. These big mountains of the Cascade range are all volcanic, and they look pretty majestic.