2007-07-17 Drake’s Good

July 17th, 2007

Wow what a surprise. This morning I was sleeping by a mosquito plagued spring, and now I’m on a sofa bed in Lake Almanor Country Club! I’ll start at the beginning.


Mt Lassen

I have heard rumours of great things at Drakesbad Guest Ranch and I’d decided to be there for dinner in the hope of scoring a cheap (and by all accounts very good) meal. It was only 15 miles away so I took my time and made sure to visit Terminal Geyser for a good nap in the shade. The terrain was pretty easy, small climbs and descents passing North Fork Feather River and Domingo Spring it stayed within a 1000ft range all the way. The geyser itself was nothing special. It’s actually a fumarole and there are plenty of those in New Zealand but I was wasting time so I read a book for a while. Eventually I moved on along the dusty trail to pass Boiling Springs Lake. Imagine a million gallons of Lime flavoured Primo and you’re pretty much there with me.


The trail undulated a bit more and then came out next to the ranch. I smartened up as much as a smelly hiker can (like doing up a few more buttons and taking off my hat) and walked up to the dining room/office where they told me dinner was at 6 and I can use the pool until then. Which I did, and the shower. mmmm hot pools.

While drying off on a deck chair, Sarge saw the NZ flag on my dad’s back pack and came over to say hi. He, his wife and four children are moving to New Zealand in a month so we had plenty to talk about and when the dinner bell rang I was invited to their table.

They had lots of questions about schooling and Wellington which unfortunately I couldn’t answer, but I could at least point out which things to visit on the drive down from Auckland.


Debbie Kennedy with Craig after 90 days on the Pacific Crest Trail
Craig on his first day on the Pacific Crest Trail ->PCT

They’ve invited me back to her parents’ house within the bounds of Lake Almanor Country Club. It’s more like a semi-retirement/holiday home community, no collared-shirt and sweater rule here. Debbie has supplied me with a mound of food and Sarge showed me where to sit in the garden to get the best WiFi signal. It’s amazing what total strangers will do for you if you’ve got just the slightest thing in common. Actually we have a lot in common, try this out
*They’re moving to NZ in a month (I’ll be back there in early October)
*Sarge works for Oracle, and joined them when they bought PeopleSoft (just like my uncle)
*He just flew back here from Truckee with a guy who runs the airport maintenance (Kevin, possibly Roger Pynappel’s boss)
*They have four kids, aged 8, 6, 3 and 1 (I was once one of four aged 8, 6, 4 and 2)
*Sarge hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail (east coast, PCT is west coast)

It’s well passed my bedtime, but I might get to sleep in a bit, if I’m not up on the computer at first light.

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Belden to Old Station

Distance today: 15.2 miles. Total distance: 1353.2 miles

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2 Responses to “2007-07-17 Drake’s Good”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    ‘Only 15 miles away’. Only you are qualified to legitimately say something like that. (unless you are in a car).

  2. Craig Says:

    haha, don’t ever ask me if something is ‘walking distance’:-)