|DONNER LAKE IN THE DISTANCE ON THE WAY TO DONNER PASS|
|TUNNEL BELOW HWY 80 AT DONNER PASS|
After Donner Pass where he camped for the night, he was startled out of a deep sleep by a noise. He thought he was having a nightmare when he woke up to the sight of a bear's head at the entrance of his tent. The bear had busted through the outside zipper and all that was between the two of them was the tent netting. Dick yelled and, fortunately, the bear took off. Dick had left his bear canister with my brother, Joel, because he didn't want to carry the extra 2 lbs since it wasn't required. He was only required to carry his food in the canister through the Sierras and Lassen National Park. I asked him why he didn't hang his food and he said if he hung it the bear would get it for sure! Keeping it in the tent with him he would be able to protect it and at least have a chance to negotiate. :-}
|AFTER DONNER PASS, DICK HIKED PAST THE PETER GRUBB HUT. |
IT WAS OVERFLOWING WITH HIKERS STAYING FOR THE NIGHT, SO HE CHOSE
TO STAY IN HIS TENT UP THE TRAIL. LITTLE DID HE KNOW HE WOULD BE
SHARING HIS TENT THAT NIGHT WITH A BEAR.
|DICK WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WHEN SUE MET UP WITH HIM ON THE TRAIL (early morning).|
|TRAIL ANGEL SUE ARRIVED WITH FOOD!|
At 7:08, 2 minutes from turning around, I see a guy and say Hi Dick...took him a minute and he recognized me. So we hiked to my car and we went to Sierra City and had breakfast. It was meant to be...nice chatting with him...he told me he misses his life, he misses his wife. ❤️ He had also planned on having lunch at Sierra City but since I had loaded him with sandwiches he was ready to go. I drove him back to the trail..he said he had 4 miles to climb up but these ups were nothing compared to the Sierras and he planned on eating again when he got to the top. He even took the rest of the milk 😂 he looked really good.
Sue brought him a bag of donuts, a half gallon of milk and two huge hoagie sandwiches. I asked her if he smelled bad. She said, "No, he told me when he reached Jackson Reservoir he jumped in fully dressed and he looked pretty clean.
|YUBA RIVER NORTH FORK at HWY 49|
|NORTH FORK FEATHER RIVER - BELDEN|
|CARIBOU CROSSROADS IN BELDEN|
He left Belden and hiked most of the day and had no plans to go to the town of Chester which is about 8 miles off the trail, but when he was crossing the road leading into town, a trail angel just happened to be there dropping off a group of hikers at the trailhead. When the driver said he was heading back into town and offered him a ride, he thought, why not? He camped with several others in a church yard. He said it was nice catching up with some other hikers he'd met, plus a chance to get a shower, do laundry, and EAT.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my sister flew here from California to visit me for 8 days. There was rarely a dull moment. We were on the go visiting friends and family and just enjoying northern Michigan together.
|ENJOYING TIME WITH MY SISTER, KATHY. |
NO, WE'RE NOT TWINS.