After Hat Creek Rim, Seven and I got an early start to make it to Burney Falls State Park before lunch.
Along the way we encountered a bit of heaven: Wild Bird Cache, which should actually be called an oasis instead. It had the usual cold drinks and candy bars, but also a solar shower, a cupboard with tons of canned food, a picnic table that you could write on, and a great place to hang out.
I was a bit sorry we didn’t make it there the night before because I didn’t spend much time at the oasis, but I was glad fr it and happy to know other hikers camped there.
In just a few, short, conversation-filled miles we made it to Burney Falls, which is a much bigger waterfall than I would have expected considering the river that feeds it.
I got my resupply box and an ice cream, then took a shower and tried to rinse out my clothes a bit. I put them on damp and the cooling effect they gave was wonderful.
In less than three hours I was back on the trail. But now I was alone since Seven was taking a zero at Burney Falls.
Just after leaving the park, I crossed a huge dam and talked to two guys who were driving across. They asked me about the trail and I hope they are reading this now.
After climbing up a large hill, I made it to the top near sun set and camped at a saddle.
I was on a pretty aggressive schedule in order to meet Jacob in Etna on June 25 and this was my 4th day of 33+ miles per day. I had hiked more than 200 miles in the last six days! I was really proud of my accomplishments and feeling good about putting in more miles.