Day 61: Old Station
From Hat Creek mile 1367.1 to Lost Creek mile 1383
Today was all about getting supplies in Old Station. It was a lazy morning. Since the post office was only 4 miles away and not open until 11 there was no reason to hurry.
I started walking at 8 and arrived at 9:30. Calling Old Station a town is very generous. There is an rv park with a tiny store and deli. Beside it is the post office. By the time the p.o. opened there were 7 hikers waiting. Of course we were all eating junk from the store/deli. There was just enough cell service to call Gayle.
I got my package of food and then shipped a box to Ashland. My down jacket, gloves, solar charger and some other small items. I kept my microspikes for now.
Next was a hitch 4 miles up the road to a restaurant for burgers. I got a ride in the back of a pickup along with Erica and The Mayor. Switchback was already there so the four of us had lunch together. I say together but since there was Wi-Fi there we all had our noses into our phones.
It was tough walking away from there in the heat of the day. I only did another 12 miles but it is the beginning of the Hat Creek Rim stretch. It follows along a ridge looking down at the valley where Hat Creek flows. In 2009 the whole area burned and it is very dry, hot and exposed.
I camped at the trail down to Lost Creek. To get water was a 15 minute hike down very steeply. Randy and Half Squat arrived while I was fetching water. With more hot dry terrain tomorrow I think a very early start is in order.