I got into Seiad Valley around 4:30 PM and hit the store. I picked up my package (new shoes), an Arizona Tea, and a beer. I also grabbed a cheap Hostess-like apple pie because they’re delicious and cheap. I went outside and saw Good Find and Tri-Tip, two hikers I had seen the past couple of towns. I hung out there for a bit, tried on my shoes, and finished my treats. Good Find gave me a salted toffee chocolate chip cookie sent by his friend. It was divine. Eating that cookie kinda sucked because it was the last straw of many in a long bout of homesickness.
I miss baking. I miss daily showers. I miss my friends and family. I miss daily coffee. I miss my car, and I miss night driving with music on. I miss so much. But I’m out here, and I have a whole new life (for another month or so). And when I’m home and back to regular life, I’ll miss a lot of my life on the trail. So it must be.
I headed to Wildwood Tavern on my way out of town for a burger and a milkshake. It was pretty good, but as a new establishment you could tell they were working out kinks. But the food was pretty good, the service was great, and it was a good stop before hiking up and out of Seiad Valley.
The hike out is something like 4000 ft. of elevation gain over 6 miles. I hiked half of it to an amazing camping spot overlooking the valley. Tomorrow I would conquer the rest and head into Oregon.
Main Photo: The view from my camping spot over Seiad Valley on August 7.