Day 91: Root Beer Dreams and Wilderness Scenes

Date: July 9, 2017 
Miles: 1562.4 – 1588.3. 

“I want to die with memories, not dreams.” ~ Roi 

 I can’t stop thinking about root beer. It was my last thought before I went to sleep last night and my first thought when I woke up this morning. Ice cold root beer with free refills. Alas, I have to wait until we arrive in Etna tomorrow to find some. We worked our way in that direction today, passing through the Trinity Alps Wilderness and the Russian Wilderness, both in the Klamath National Forest. 

A couple days ago, a day hiker that I met told me that this area is more beautiful than the North Cascades of Washington so, being from that great state, I had doubts but high expectations. The scenery in this section is grand, no doubt, but we’ll see if it compares to Washington when we get there. What it was today, though, was hot and the trail steep, with some magnificent views. 

With Roi being sick we tried to keep the miles down but we still ended up going 26 miles with a long climb at the end to find a campsite with water. We tented next to Statue Creek with Bethany (aka Scavenger) from Pennsylvania and had a really nice time talking with her over ramen until the mosquitos got to be too much for me and sent me to my tent for the night. 

Sunset in the trees.