/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Burney Mountain Guest Ranch

written Jul 21, 2017 @ 03:57 AM after hiking 35.90 miles

Here's something I haven't done for a while: wake up at 3am in order to hike. And yet, there I was.

Oh well, at least it let me see the sunrise in all of its glory!

The sun rising on Mt Shasta

Oh yeah, and then I found a hiking cat! This girl, YadaYadaYada, found this kitten in the desert and they've been hiking together ever since! <3

A few hours per day, the cat will him alongside her, but the majority of the day, she'll ride on top of her backpack.

<3 <3 <3

When I said that this was a 30-mile waterless stretch, that wasn't technically true. About halfway through, there was a water source, if you wanted it.

No thanks.

Thankfully, I had water, so I skipped it and kept on trucking.

All the way to mile 1,400!

Not the best marker, but hey.

Eventually, I reached Burney Mountain Guest Ranch, which is run by a wonderful couple who gave us free ice cream and I waited out the heat of the day. I also bought lunch and dinner there because it was home-cooked and not dehydrated.

Lunch

They also have some cats that I got to hang out with, which passed the time.

No idea what their names are.

Then I kept hiking another few hours, and I saw this sign near my campsite. It kind of blew my mind because all of the sudden, the "Canada" number is smaller than the "Mexico" one. Like, a lot smaller.

Weird.

Scruffy.