Day 118 - Seiad Valley, CA

My day began with four crossings of Grider Creek. 

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It was no more than a trickle but there were indications of its remarkable strength when swollen.

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The second bridge was still standing. 

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The trail led to a modest campground that looked like it could use some renovating. 

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But then again, what more do you need besides a picnic table and an outhouse? 

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I began the 6.5 mile road walk into Seiad Valley, and stepped lively to the cadence of celebratory songs. 

Wild flowers dotted the landscape. 

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And I met a southbounder who was thrilled when I mentioned my name. 

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As it turns out, I spent a few weeks hiking in the vicinity of his girlfriend, Lyra, and she had spoken kindly of me.

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The road followed the Klamath River, and then guided me past the properties of several locals. 

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On each property there was a hand made "no monument" sign, that I later learned was in protest of a proposed national monument in the area. 

I also saw repeated references to "State of Jefferson."

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I later learned that for many years, locals have made efforts to form a 51st state, comprising of land in Northern California and Southern Oregon. 

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I saw more evidence of this in town, and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. 

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The people I met were kind and of good humor, and instead of hiking out into to the hot afternoon sun, I spent several hours hanging out with them at the picnic tables near the cafe and general store.

I hiked out into the setting sun and completed the rest of the road walk before dark.

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Despite the signs that seemed to shun outside influence, I felt warmly received by the kind folks of Seiad Valley. 

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<3 Will