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“Brit Family Robinson” visits Burney

I was pulling into the WOLA parking lot for a cup of coffee when I saw a family of hikers headed east on Main Street.

“Are you PCT hikers?” I shouted.

“Yes we are!” the father of the group responded. “We’re on our way back to the trail head. Are you headed that way?”

“It doesn’t matter if I’m headed that way,” I responded. “I’m a trail angel, I’ll take you wherever you need to go.”

Brit Family Robinson

Brit Family Robinson

They put their packs in the back of my jeep and clambered into the car.

This was a uniquely amazing family. Their trail name is “Brit Family Robinson.” In the real world they are the Grist family from Matlock, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Dad’s name is Christopher. Mum’s name is Anya. Their two children are Josie, age 12, and Jack, age 10.

Josie’s trail name is “Pippi Longstocking” and Jack’s is “Captain Obvious.” Not only are they two of the youngest hikers on the PCT this year, they are also authors publishing a blog entitled “A Really Long Walk” in which they are detailing their 2650 mile journey from Mexico to Canada.

As we drove out to the trail head, Christopher told me that they had begun their trek on April 16 from the trail’s southern terminus on the U.S. border with Mexico, just south of Campo, California. When they reached about mile 800 in the southern Sierras, they skipped about 300 miles and rejoined the trail in Truckee. Christopher said that he wasn’t worried about the snow. They had adequate equipment. However, the melt had swollen the rivers to a degree that they judged them to be too hazardous to cross.

They were sorry to miss a part of the trail, but in light of report of a resent rescue of a PCT hiker south of Lake Tahoe, they felt that they had made a wise decision.

From Truckee to Burney, the trail had been good. There is still some snow, but Christopher judged that the recent heat wave would melt a lot of it.

Christopher is an international trail guide. When I mentioned that Australian Sam had come through last week and was going to India and Nepal when he finished his PCT hike, Christopher told me that he had hiked in both India and Nepal in the past few years. Before that he hiked the mountains of Mongolia and he has led hikers in the Andes.

Young Josie and Jack have traveled from Alaska to Patagonia and have also hiked in the Andes.

I asked how they like the PCT. Christopher answered that he liked the diversity. Such a broad range of topography, geology, fauna, and flora that is always changing. He also commented that he was impressed by the friendliness of Americans. He called it a “culture of generosity.”

As an example, he recounted that when they had reached the trailhead on 299, Willie Rodriguez, District Manager for the Burney Water Board, had stopped to give them a ride to Anna’s Country Kitchen in town. Willie said to call them if they needed a ride back to the trail. When they finished their breakfast, they found that Willie had left money to pay for their meal.

We arrived at the trailhead. They got their packs out to the car and I snapped a picture with my cellphone.

I couldn’t resist asking one more question.

“What do you think of Britain leaving the EU?”

“Well, it’s not the way I would have voted,” said Mrs. Grist.

Christopher said he probably wouldn’t have voted to leave either. He opined that the people who would be most affected would most likely be wealthy bankers and financiers. Average people will not notice much difference in their lives.

I asked the children what they thought. They raised their hands in bewilderment with angelic smiles on their faces.

“We don’t know anything about it!”

Life goes on. How wonderful to meet such an inspiring and adventurous family.

A hard copy version of this article also appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/5/16

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Australian Sam stops for the night in Burney

I took Linda over to the Hearthstone Health Food store to unload some things. Linda is planning to have a mini Art Show in the Gift Shop for Burney Basin Days.

As I was finishing unloading the car a cheerful looking man with a back pack happened by.  His name is Sam. He is from Sydney, Australia. He’s hiking the PCT trail. He on his way back to the trail head to put in a days hike. I offered him a ride.

The author with Austrailan Sam at Hearthstone Healthfoods

The author with Austrailan Sam at Hearthstone Healthfoods

Sam flew from Australia to LA, where he visited a friend for a week. On April 7, he began the hike north from Mexico. He hiked through the desert and began hiking the Sierras on May 11. At places in the Sierra’s there was 12 feet of snow.

Sam’s normal pace is 25 miles a day. It was a little bit slower through the Sierras because of the snow. At one point he stopped for a five-day break. Once he got to the Cascades, his pace picked up. Yesterday he hiked 35 miles.

He has seen several bears. On his way back to the trail (I think near Mammoth Lakes in Mono County) there was a mama bear with two cubs. That made Sam a bit cautious because he knows that Mama’s can be very protective of their cubs.

Just then, however, a bicyclist came careening down the road talking on his cell phone, totally oblivious to the bear. As he approached the bears, Mama looked up at the approaching rider and scuttled her cubs off into the woods, clearing the road for Sam.

Sam expects to make it to the Canadian border by mid-August. Then he’s headed to India. He plans to attend a mountaineering school from September 15 – October 16 and then hike for awhile in the mountains of Nepal.

Now doesn’t that sound like an exciting life?

Sam has hiked a lot in the back country of Australia. He said that on those trails you see very few people. On the PCT he sees people almost every day. He’s ahead of the pack. A lot of hikers farther south paused to wait for the snow to melt. Many of the hostels are full and there are several places where the trail is jammed up with people.

So I guess we’ll have a lot more hikers coming through Burney.

Sam said he likes Burney. A young couple gave him a ride into the town and gave him a place to stay for the night.

I drove Sam out to the trailhead on 299.

I’m glad he liked Burney.
I wished him a great journey.

Hey! That rhymes.

 

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Burney Lions Club installs 2016/2017 Officers

The Burney Lions Club and Lionesses installed their new officers for 2016/2017 on Thursday evening June 23 at the Burney Lions Club Hall on Main Street in Burney. The new officers were sworn in by Lion Stan Story, Past Governor of District 4 C1.

The New Lioness officers are: Barbara Lane, President; Michelle Mancusco, Vice President; Lois White, Secretary; Laura Pauley, Treasurer; and Sharon Banyard, Tail Twister.

Past District Governor Stan Story installs new Lioness Officers

Past District Governor Stan Story installs new Lioness Officers

Burney Lions Club officers for 2016/2017 are Matt Quinlan, President; Daryl Hovis, 1st Vice President; Mike Barns, 2nd vice President; Chuck Evans, Secretary; Ed Trasverso, Treasurer; Mark Stalcup; Director 1st Year; Ron Wilburn, Director 2nd Year; and Jim Crockett, Membership Director.

2016-2017 Burney Lions Club Officers

2016-2017 Burney Lions Club Officers

Matt Quinlan also received an award for Lion of the Year.

Past President Richard Arendt said, “It’s been a good year. We got a lot done.”

Lions Larry Hawthorne, George Whitfield, and Brian Wycoff cooked a delicious meatloaf dinner that was served by Boy Scout Troop 38.

Boy Scout Troop 38 Bill Ford, Bryce Ford, El Urlie, Noah bishop, Mateo Johnston, Thomas Chapman, James Chapman, Rebecca Chapman, George Chapman

Boy Scout Troop 38 Bill Ford, Bryce Ford, Eli Urlie, Noah Bishop, Mateo Johnston, Thomas Chapman, James Chapman, Rebecca Chapman, and George Chapman

 

A hard copy version of this article appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/5/16

 

 

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WOLA provides rest stop for 4K for Cancer Runners

Twenty-three 4K for Cancer runners on a 49 day, 4,000 plus mile cross country trek from San Francisco to Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City enjoyed the first rest stop of their journey in Burney June 21-23. The runners were hosted during their stay at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA).

Day of rest dinner at WOLA

Day of rest dinner at WOLA

The runners left from Crissy field in San Francisco on June 19 and arrived in Burney on Tuesday June 21. After dinner and night’s rest, they visited Burney Falls Park and Lake Britton and then returned to the church for dinner and a good night’s sleep. On Thursday, they were off and running again.

WOLA administrator Kathy Newton helped to organize their stay.

The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The Ulman Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by  cancer.

This year 4K is sponsoring four cross-country bike rides and 2 cross-country runs.

Runners run between 6 and 16 miles each day. Team members are partnered up with the same teammate for their day’s miles, but a different teammate each day.  Pairs are dropped along the route in two-mile increments. At the end of each segment they have time to rest in the support van. Every  3-6 days, the whole team stops for a rest stop.

Allison Perrine from Michigan and Kristyn Valentine from Long Island were the 4K for Cancer directors for this group.

Directors Allisone Perrine and Kristyn Valenitine

Directors Allison Perrine and Kristyn Valenitine

Perrine said:

“I love the 4K because it does so much to help young adults with cancer. This is my second 4K and I run in memory of my mom who passed away from breast cancer at 44. Burney is the best host I’ve had out of 2 years of 4K.”

Valentine said:

“I love the 4K for the endless love and support they provide for young adults facing cancer. This summer I am running for everyone that can’t. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I am no exception to this fact. I am looking forward to a summer of changing lives.”

The runners came from states all across the country. Many of them have had family members who were victims of cancer.

A hard copy version of this article appeared in the Mountain Echo 6/28/16

 

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Burney Water Board Votes to Lift Restrictions on Outdoor Watering

At their special meeting on June 22, the Burney Water Board (BWD) voted to lift the limitations on outdoor ornamental watering that had been in place since last year. Burney residents are no longer limited to watering two days a week.

Board Members Tanya Taylor, Britta Rogers and Board President Jim Hamlin

Board Members Tanya Taylor, Britta Rogers and Board President Jim Hamlin

This is pursuant to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” and the subsequent California State Water Resources Board decision that:

Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. These standards require local water agencies to ensure a three-year supply assuming three more dry years like the ones the state experienced from 2012 to 2015. Water agencies that would face shortages under three additional dry years will be required to meet a conservation standard equal to the amount of shortage.

The new state regulation was approved by the California Office of Administrative Law and went into effect on May 31, 2016. The state regulation will remain in effect until February 28, 2017

The June 21 BWD special meeting was held to discuss communications with BWD customers. (See Burney Water Board delays vote on rate hike). Unfortunately the meeting was scheduled on the same night as the second Public Hearing on Permanent Supportive Housing at the Veterans Hall, so some people who wanted to come were unable to attend.

After the housing meeting ended at 7:30, my wife Linda and I went to the BWD board meeting to see if it was still in session.

Board President Jim Hamlin and Board Members Tanya Taylor, Britta Rogers were present for the meeting making a quorum. Board members Roger Borkey and Fred Ryness were not present.

Two BWD customers, Kara Bowden and her mother, Kristie Jarrels, had come to the meeting to express their concerns about rising rates.

It is Bowden’s opinion that, “If you continue to raise rates, PGE and other companies that BWD supplies will have to raise their rates. This creates a vicious circle of rising rates. If rates rise to the point that people can’t afford them, they will move to places where they can and Burney will suffer.”

Bowden proposed that the Board find alternative ways to raise money for infrastructure and other costs without raising rates. As the discussion finished, Bowden said that she would try to develop a plan for some type of fundraising program.

BWD is in a tough spot. Already this year, they are $69,000 in the red. They have to provide good water, get the  district on a sound financial footing, and maintain the integrity of the local district. They have done a study, developed a plan, and proposed a budget to accomplish these goals.

At the same time, the board members who were present are sympathetic to the plight of low and fixed-income residents for whom the rate increases present a difficulty. After the June 16 meeting, Board Director Willie Rodriguez met with Ann Wilburn and asked her to help come up with ideas to assist senior citizens with low income.

The Board also wants to improve communication with customers. They want to achieve a high degree of customer satisfaction.

After Bowden and Jarrels left, Linda and I stayed to discuss the situation. Linda said, “I know you need the money, but you can’t get blood from a turnip.”

The root of the problem is that the population of Burney has been declining and the Burney economy has not fully recovered from the economic downturn of 2008. Infrastructure needs remain the same even though the customer base has declined. Water pressure for the whole system needs to be maintained even if some vacant and absentee hemes are not using water. Also, under their new plan, the BWD is playing catch-up for decisions in the past which did not adequately plan for depreciation.

Regarding improved communications, Rodriquez and the Board discussed some suggestions that I had put in a letter. These included posting succinct summaries of the Director’s Report and the Pool Manager’s Report on the BWD website and using Facebook for notifications, feedback, and discussion amongst customers.

The Board also scheduled a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Relations for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for July 21. The Board plans to vote on the rate increase and the budget at that meeting.

A hard copy version of this article appeared in the Mountain Echo 6/28/16

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Second Community Meeting on Permanent Supportive Housing for the Mentally Ill

On June 21, 2016, Shasta County Health and Human Services (HHSA) held a second meeting at the Veterans Hall in Burney to provide information about proposed housing for adults with serious mental illnesses and/or children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. More than one hundred people attended.

The proposed project, funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), would provide eight to ten one-bedroom or two-bedroom housing units in Burney for eligible residents from the Intermountain Area. For purposes of this project, the Intermountain Area includes Big Bend, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Burney, Cassel, Hat Creek, Old Station, Fall River Mills, and McArthur.

Jamie Hannigan

Jamie Hannigan

The meeting, which began at 5:30 p.m.. was moderated by Jamie Hannigan, MHSA Coordinator for Shasta County HHSA. Hannigan briefly summarized the meeting that had been held at the Vets Hall on May 24 and presented a seven-page document listing 28 questions that had been raised by participants with responses from HHSA. This document was made available to everyone who attended.

Hannigan also encouraged people to participate in the planning and development of the project by signing up as community stakeholders.

The meeting’s agenda consisted of presentations by representatives from Hill Country Health and Wellness Center, The Circle of Friends, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, and Shasta County Housing and Community Action Programs, as well as testimonies by people who had benefited from the Full Service Partnership with mental health providers, followed by an extended session of questions and answers.

Tammy Allen, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health. Hill Country Heatth and Wellness Center

Tammy Allan, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health. Hill Country Heatth and Wellness Center

The first speaker was Tammy Allan, Director of Behavioral Health at Hill Country Health and Wellness Center. Allan gave a PowerPoint presentation describing the behavioral health services offered by Hill Country and the Full Service Partnerships (FSP).

All counties in California are required to have an FSP. Their purpose is to promote recovery and stability for people suffering from mental health disorders. Permanent supportive housing is one of the basic needs for people seeking to achieve wellness.

In order to participate in the Full Service Partnership Program, a person must have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Diagnosed mental illnesses may include severe depression, suicidal tendencies, bi-polar or other disorders that impair a person’s ability to function effectively in society.

For a person with a mental illness to become a Full Service Partner, they must be willing to participate in therapy and support programs. The comprehensive program involves not only care from medical and mental health providers, but also support and involvement from family, friends, peers, and the community. The goal is for the person to achieve stability, to manage their own life, and to participate in the community in a healthy and productive way.

After describing the many services offered and the FSP program, Allan introduced Kristen McChristian, a Full Service Partner who has been working with Hill Country.

Kristen McChristen tells about her journey to recovery and wellness

Kristen McChristian tells about her journey to recovery and wellness

McChristian has suffered from a number of conditions including extreme anxiety disorder, PTSD, and multi-personality disorder. She is a survivor of rape and sexual abuse. She was previously a user of alcohol and drugs including methamphetamines and heroine.

Kristin shared how through participation in the Full Service Partnership program she had been able to get her life in order. She has been drug and alcohol free for seven years. The audience applauded her achievement.

The next speaker was Lynn Erickson, Director of Circle of Friends Wellness Center.

Lynn Erickson, Director of Circle of Friends

Lynn Erickson, Director of Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends Wellness Center is located at the corner of Hwy 299 and Tamarack Ave. The center provides a loving environment where people can meet, share, and support each other. People coping with mental illness or recovery often suffer from isolation and stigma. Many of the activities are participant-directed. As an example, Erickson told about a lady who had learned beading and then taught this skill to others. Members of the Circle of Friends also volunteer time to community projects such as Burney Beautification.

Circle of Friends uses a mental health improvement and maintenance program called Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Erickson recently attended a WRAP seminar. Using the WRAP process, each individual develops their own wellness tool box to help them develop resources and techniques such as contacting friends and supporters, peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, journaling, positive activities, exercise, diet, and getting a good night’s sleep. They also learn to create a daily maintenance plan, identify triggers and early warning signs of crisis. Each person also has a crisis plan and a post-crisis plan.

After Erickson gave a brief overview of the center’s activities, she introduced two people who have been part of the wellness center’s programs, Kimberly Davis and James Herington.

In telling the story of challenges that she has faced with depression, suicide, and anxiety, and the benefits from the wellness center, Davis told the audience that members of Circle of Friends have raised and donated over $10,000 to various charities in Burney.

James Herington shares his experience with Circle of Friends

James Herington shares his experience with Circle of Friends

Herington told the story of how he first heard about Circle of Friends riding on the bus down to Redding. When he eventually came to the center he discovered not just a wellness center but a community of love that he now feels is “family.”

The next two speakers talked about the “project parameters.” Bobbi Sawtelle, housing Director for Northern Valley Catholic Social Service said that they were hoping to find a property that they could rehabilitate to create 8-10 living units. Whether the units would be two-bedroom or one-bedroom would depend on the property. One bedroom units would be for single adults. Two-bedroom units could possibly be suitable for emotionally disturbed children and their families.

Sawtelle also said they would like to find a property that is close to services such as grocery and other stores and bus transportation.

Richard Kuhns, Director of Shasta County Housing and Community Action Programs briefly explained some of the funding sources. There is $750,000 available from MHSA for purchase and rehabilitation of the property. Funds for maintenance of the property will come primarily from rents. Rents will be subsidized by Shasta County Housing Vouchers. The amount of each subsidy will depend upon the income of each individual resident. Another source of income for the program is Community Development Grants.

All of the presentations were finished by about 6:30 p.m. Afterwards, there was a period of question and answer. Fortunately, the VFW provided two wireless microphones.  Ron Harshman from the VFW and Hannigan swiftly deployed the mics so that questions from the audience and answers from the speakers could be heard by everyone.

Many Burney residents still have questions and reservations about the project.

The first question came from a man sitting in the front row who told a tragic story about the death of his daughter living in senior housing on Roff Way. His question concerned what guarantees there were that quality management would be maintained and that residents would be properly supervised over the long term, especially if funding were cut.

Allan expressed her sympathy to the questioner and said that in working with Full Service Partners she could not envision such a tragedy occurring under this program. Not only would the Burney project have a trained resident manager, but each individual resident would have a case worker who would be meeting with them and checking on them on a regular basis depending on the level of their need. Furthermore, participation in the FSP includes regular participation in a support group such as Circle of Friends, and appointments with their healthcare providers and therapists.

Funding for programs under MHSA is derived from a 1% tax on incomes over one million dollars which was passed by statewide referendum on Proposition 63 in 2004.

Next a woman named Heather in the back of the room suggested that the project also use alternative medicines, gardening, arts and creativity and other activities that contribute to mental health.

Heather makes some suggestions

Heather makes some suggestions

Hannigan, Davis, and other speakers welcomed her suggestions and said that many of these activities have already been incorporated into their programs. Community gardening in Redding was cited as an example.

Then another lady raised a question about one of the items on the question and answer document that Hannigan mentioned in the beginning of the meeting. The document stated that “there are an estimated 289 individuals living in the Intermountain Area with a diagnosed serious mental illness.”

The woman said she questioned whether there were adequate resources to care for these people in the Intermountain area.

There was some confusion about this question. Donnell Ewert, Director of Health and Human Services took one of the microphones and said that he thought this question was one of a general category regarding the notion that the County wanted to move mental health patients to the Intermountain area. The County does not.

The woman became somewhat frustrated and said that that was not her question. She was asking if adequate care could be provided for 289 people. Would it not perhaps be better if they were cared for in Redding.

Hannigan tried to clarify several points. The number 289 in the document is just an estimate based upon the overall census of the Intermountain area and a general government statistic that 4.1% of the adult population has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

Furthermore, the proposed housing program is not being designed to serve everyone in the Intermountain Area. It will only serve 10 to 14 people who qualify for the program. The program seeks to serve them in their local area where they have the support of friends and family as well as the community health services.

Next, Janet Chandler asked about the rent subsidies. She had come from the May 24 meeting with the understanding that 75% of the funding would come from rent subsidies. Kuhns said that in that meeting he has used an approximate figure of 65% but that actually the level of subsidy varied with each resident depending upon their income. The subsidy for a person with no income could be 100%. Rents for people with higher income could be less than 65%. If a person became self-sufficient and made a high enough income, he or she might, according to the formula, pay the entire rent. Kuhns offered to meet with Chandler to explain the formula.

Next, Fred Hawkins, Superintendent of the Fall River Joint Unified School District stood up in the audience and said that he felt that the schools should be included in the discussion of mental health issues in the area. Everyone agreed.

Fred Hawkins talks about schools

Fred Hawkins talks about schools

Patrick Moriarty, former director of Circle of Friends spoke briefly about his experiences in the mental health field.

Former Circle of Friends Director Moriarty

Former Circle of Friends Director Moriarty

Jim Erickson got up and spoke about his experience picking up a woman with mental health issues on Hwy 299 who needed help and the value of services and a support network in the area.

Finally, Mary Rickert spoke briefly about her work with mental health organizations including the National Alliance On Mental Illness and made an appeal that people support the project in Burney.

Hannigan then brought the meeting to a close. She asked everyone to write down any additional questions on a 3×5 index card and turn them in. The questions and answers will be posted on the MHSA website. Hannigan said there will be more community meetings in the future. As the project unfolds there will obviously be more details and issues to be clarified and discussed.

The meeting ended just before 7:30.

A hard copy version of this article appeared in the Mountain Echo 6/28/16

 

 

 

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PCT traffic picking up

Just as I was finishing an article, I got a call from Burney Lodging that there was a hiker approaching the trail head at Hwy 299 who needed a ride into Burney.

PCT hiker Mike Harrigan at the 299 trailhead

PCT hiker Mike Harrigan at the 299 trailhead

This was my second PCT call for the day. The first I missed because I was out with the Burney Beautification people. Yesterday I saw two young lady PCT hikers walking up Main Street. They had recently arrived in Burney and didn’t need a ride out to the trail yet.

So traffic on the trail is picking up. Hikers who started the northbound hike from the Mexico border are beginning to hit Burney. There are a lot more still to come.

I jumped in my jeep and headed out 299. As I passed the Baum Lake road, I saw a person emerge from the woods on the road looking toward me. I pulled up.

“Did you call for a ride into Burney?”

Yes he had. His name was Mike Harrington.

Each hiker has their own interesting story to tell. Mike is originally from Massachusetts, but in 2013 he came west. Since then, he has worked for the Forest Service in Northbend and worked on the trails in Lassen Park. He also spent some time working for the Forest Service in Alaska.

This year he decided to hike the PCT. He left his car in Arizona and started hiking the trail from Mexico. He hiked through the desert but then one of the sections of the trail was closed because of a forest fire. When he got on the trail again he heard that there was still 8 feet or more of snow in the Sierras. And apparently there was a portion of the trail that was very crowded because of backups.

So he decided to rent a car and drive ahead. Because I had to get to a meeting, I didn’t have time to get a lot of details. Mike told me that he had hiked a portion of the trail around Truckee and Donner Pass and there was a lot of snow.

After he regained the trail, he stopped at Old Station to pick up a package. He told me that the folks at the Old Station Post Office told him that a lot of the traffic on Hwy 44 is not local so they are reluctant to pick up PCT hikers hitching to get back to the trail because they think they are transients.

I told him that Burney is a PCT friendly town and a lot of locals like to give rides to hikers.

I had to get to a meeting at the Vets Hall on supportive housing so I dropped Mike off by the Dollar General and Safeway. Some of the supplies he had gotten in Old Station were insufficient and he had lost a pair of flip-flops in a stream. Mike wasn’t planning on staying overnight. He was going to pick up supplies and head back out that evening.

Mike is now on his way to Canada.

For more information on PCT conditions and updates see Trail conditions and closures.

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