There was a lot of interesting topography today from meadows and old burn areas to granite domes and mountain lakes.
Lots of beautiful wildflowers as well !
We entered the Russian Wilderness, marked by a steep walled canyon and granite domes.
You can see the faint line of the PCT cutting across the landscape.
And of course, out dear friend, Mt. Shasta.
This is where I had lunch, Payne Lake.
I got a case of PTSD when I crossed the ridge and saw this…luckily, the trail cut right across and there was only a about 75′ of snow travel.
I popped out on a lonely paved road and had the good fortune of receiving a cold Coke from my friend here. I was also able to hitch a ride into town (Etna, CA) from the first truck that came by two minutes after I stuck my thumb out. We drove 10 miles down the mountain, dropping 2500′ into town.
After running around: eating, resupply, laundry, etc I was offered a place to stay/shower at a local trail Angel’s place….a converted garage. This is Names from the U.K. enjoying the free wifi.