Miles 1183-1195 (12 miles)
Wow it's toasty! We're back in lower elevation. Feels like the desert again! Saw a rattlesnake today. It was doing a cool little dance. Dang, I thought I was done with those guys in the desert! I guess not. Lol. Anyhow, we got into Sierra City today. I got my new poles from Black Diamond! Yaaaay! Thank you!! My other pole fell apart 30 miles ago, I'm stoked!! :)
Also got a new tent. My mom and dad sent me their 2 person 4 season tent. It's a Stevenson Warmlite tent. Thanks mom and dad!! :). It's a cool tent, however I think it's totally impractical for thru-hiking. The poles are freakin heavy. And they're curved. They're collapsible, but still curved. Not good for thru-hiking. I wonder how long it will be before I break those poles. The tent is also frickin huge. Which is nice for a 2 person tent, but excessive. It's comfortable tho. However, in my opinion, if comfort is that big of a deal for you, you shouldn't be thru-hiking. Oh, seam sealing it was absolutely ridiculous. It took 2 of us over 2 hours to seam seal it. Holy crap. Btw, don't seam seal your tent on the trail. Make sure you do it at home. You will be pissed off if you have to seam seal on trail. Trust me. Not only that, but it probably wont be as good of a job a if you did it at home. And it won't fully dry, and you will have dirt and all kinds of crap stuck to the silicone.
Anyhow. Maybe I'll like the tent a little more later on. Bah. I'm just annoyed I have to carry tent poles. It just seems like complete dead weight. Wish they would just go up with my hiking poles like my Notch. I love that tent. It is so epic, simple, and efficient. That new tent is stuffy as hell too. Bleh.
Anyhow, the Red Moose Inn in Sierra City is absolutely amazing. Bill and Margaret are two of the coolest, kindest, and most selfless people on earth. Right up there with the Saufleys and Ziggy and the Bears, etc. Yay for epic trail angels!!! <3. Thank you soooo much for all you guys do for us hikers. You are beautiful souls and an amazing aspect of humanity. Epicness times a million <3