Day 84 (20180622): 1573.8-1599.7

Today I wanted to head in to Etna if possible but was open to skipping it if hitching was too difficult.

 One of the advantages of an early start is obviously the sunrises
One of the advantages of an early start is obviously the sunrises

I set my alarm for 0500 which is 30 minutes earlier than usual because I wanted to get to Etna early if I was going. I started hiking just after 0530.

 Hiking along the trail early in the morning can be quite wonderful
Hiking along the trail early in the morning can be quite wonderful

The day started with a descent followed by a climb. Once this was done the rest of the day was up and down. Some of the climbs were quite steep which made the day more difficult than I had expected.

 Mount Shasta visible behind the valleys
Mount Shasta visible behind the valleys

For the first time in a long time I also saw snow on trail and even had to walk on maybe 40 ft of it.

 Mount Shasta makes for a nice background, this lake was visible from the highpoint before the descent to the road to Etna
Mount Shasta makes for a nice background, this lake was visible from the highpoint before the descent to the road to Etna

Most of the day I only met a few hikers. However on the final descent to the road to Etna I met a big group of hikers. The entire group was part of a christian camp.

As I arrived at the road I waited for a bit without seeing any cars pass. Then luckily one of the people with the Christian group was driving to Etna in a UHaul truck and gave me a ride. All in all I waited maybe 10 minutes.

 The hut I stayed in
The hut I stayed in

Once in town I called the motel to enquire about a room but they had none available. This is probably due to a music festival tomorrow. I instead went to the Hiker Hut and got a bed in the dorm room. One of the owners is Danish and it was very strange to suddenly speak Danish.

 The Danish flag made me feel at home
The Danish flag made me feel at home

I started my laundry, took a shower and then went to the grocery store for snacks and drinks.

Then I spoke a bit with the other hikers and went to dinner with two of them. We went to a distillery where I had some fries and a good but small pizza.

I also met Snacks and Spikes who I had thought were ahead of me by a few days. They had apparently arrived in town earlier in the day.

I am currently trying to decide when to go back to the trail tomorrow.

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