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I’m sorry to have left the last post on such a sad note! We spontaneously decided to zero in Dunsmuir/Mt. Shasta instead of Etna in 4 days to let Tim’s bee sting heal, and this also had the side effect of giving us much needed RnR.
We had a great stay with Kellyfish, at an outdoor hostel style set up, with a tiny house that had AC, an outdoor kitchen and a hot tub! We took full advantage of our time there. I also got a new shirt in town!
We also ran into many friends in Mt. Shasta on our zero that we didn’t expect to see, and really felt like the trail was providing us with the social experience we really needed at this point in our hike.
A lot of folks are talking about burnout and injury, but it’s so much easier to get through it all with other people around you. We’ve been in between bubbles for a while on trail seeing very few hikers, and hearing about the bubbles in front and behind us where folks are seeing 80 people a day! We are done with the dead zone and hope that things liven up for us on trail soon. In any case, we’re so happy to be back on trail with healthy bodies and minds, and are excited about this next stretch because it returns to pretty easy grace (besides the 5 mile climb we did today in 96 degree heat). Unfortunately the heat seems to be staying, but it’s manageable on the mountains.
Our campsite today is around 7,500’ and has panoramic views so we really can’t complain about much at the moment.