19 Jul Castella to Etna
Birdman and I got out of Castella as soon as we could. Delayed for a half a day waiting for the post office, we were off at noon climbing away from I-5. Next time we see it will be in Oregon getting a ride into Ashland.
For now, we’re finishing up California. From Castella, we put in 3 days in the high 20s and 30s (miles) to get to Etna by Thursday evening. The scenery has been remarkable with amazing rock formations. Castle Crags raises up out of some beautiful forest and the Rock Statues in the Russian Wilderness of Klamath National Forest was spectacular.
We saw our live’s flash before our eyes on the hitch down from Etna Summit to the town of Etna. In the back of a small pickup, i held on for dear life as the driver, most likely hopped up on something sped down the hill with tires screeching around the corners. I’ll certainly evaluate my hitch givers a bit more closely from here on out. Alas, we made it…and went straight to the Etna Brewery to unwind and toast to life.
Today we’ll take our 4th zero day (no hiking at all) and enjoy the local Bluegrass Festival, pizza, and the historic Soda Fountain. I’m looking forward to some banjo, strings, State of Jefferson old-timers, and Etna Brews.
Back on the trail tomorrow. Ninety miles left in CA. Oregon, here we come. In Ashland by mid-week.