Because despite all the rumors about the blandness and boredom and skip-ability of Northern California, I was finding that this was my favorite part of the trail. Yes, the Sierras are beautiful. And,yes, hiking 700 miles of desert really is a badge of honor and gives you admission to the bad-ass club. But I just adore hiking through evergreen forests. I love hiking in trees. And I love breathtaking mountain views. This section of trail was providing so much of that!
I almost forgot how much my feet were hurting and how badly I needed to replace my shoes!