109 to Day 114 – We had a more leisurely week on the trail between Castella and Seiad since if we went our anticipated 25+ miles per day we’d arrive in Seiad on Sunday and the Post Office would be shut. The scenery was gorgeous with lost of crest walking, views of snowy Shasta and fields upon fields of wildflowers. The Marble Mountains were magnificent! And for the first time since Yosemite we had a functioning camera! Earlier we kept missing our bounce back box in the post and it contained our extra camera batteries & chargers. It was agonizing to walk for 100s of miles and not be able to capture any of it on film. But this time we got a battery in the mail from my dad, though the new shoes we’d ordered online for Anna hadn’t arrived… this was a nightmere since my Meindl shoes had been bothering me ever since I’d gotten them in Kennedy Meadows. Grrr!
It was a week long stretch between towns and what had seemed like an enormous amount of food at the beginning of the week soon dwindle dangerously low. But once again Big G provided… this time in the form of grandparents & their grandson Max who were headed back into civilization and generously gave us LOADS of their extra food. YUM!
We also ran into tons of teenagers from a camp at Etna who gave us granola bars & oranges! So good! Plus we met a friendly high school grad named Forrest at Paradise Lake who shared his Pita chips with us. Food is definitely the way to a thru-hiker’s heart!