So Pinkie Chick had her own little adventure! I had attached her to my pack shoulder strap, at some point i looked down and there was nothing but the string she was attached to!
Sad day indeed. I certainly couldn’t go back, as I had no idea where it might have come off. So I headed on to camp. Now normally I’m on trail by 6:30 a.m (more or less). But I decided to sleep in the next morning. When I did get up I hobbled down to the stream to get water for coffee. Shooting Star was there filtering her water. I’ve seen her on trail but we had never met. Just so happens the couple that drove me into town a week earlier to get my shoes, they were in town to see……… her!!
She says ‘ hey you’re chardonnay, I have something for you!’ Guess what she pulls out? Pinkie!! Someone found her and passed her along in hopes she would catch up to me!! So it pays to sleep in!!
Hey y’all, I’m in Etna,Ca mile 1597! Looks like I’ll be here for a day or two to recuperate. We’ve really been pushing it through NorCal (I have no idea why). Averaging 27 mile days has put us ahead of the pack and me with hurting feet and underweight (again).
Goat, Samson & Iron Chef
load up…rolling out
Etna Hostel w/Snickers
So I am resting my feet. Not sure what to do about this eating thing. Hiker hunger where are you? I should be stuffing my face, but I just have no appetite. Maybe it’s partly the heat (it’s hotter than blazes with lots of climbing) so I am at a constant calorie deficit. I try to force myself to eat (ha never thought I’d be saying that) but it is hard to get in 3-4 thousand calories that way. Down to 138 lbs, yikes. But trail magic =Unexpected generosity from a non-hiker! I had some tasty blueberry pie yesterday thanks to Steady. Maybe I should just stuff my food bag with pie.
In other news I saw my 3rd bear, he turned and ran too. Probably never seen a stick figure strolling through the woods!