0 miles (currently at mile 788.5, Bullfrog Lake Trail)
I didn’t want to get out of that soft, comfy bed with those squishy pillows and Adam at my side. I got way too comfy. We were still planning on hitting the trail in the afternoon, but after talking with Tears while Aloha and I ate lunch, we agreed to stay another night and not rush our resupply and hiking chores… and relax more.
I replaced some of my depleted supply of toiletries first. I took my time filling my sunscreen, wrapping up toilet paper, replacing worn-out ziplock bags, replacing empty toothpaste and hand sanitizer, and refilling my ibuprofen bottle.
After toiletries were finished, Tears and I took a walk to the market, which was expensive with a limited supply of choices, but we managed to come back with some smaller, lighter meals and a lot of snacks. We’re going with couscous, mashed potatoes, and ramen on this stretch. We need eight full days’ worth of food – it’s darn heavy and doesn’t all fit in our bear canisters. We’ll have to camp near bear boxes the first couple of nights. There are permanent bear-proof metal boxes by campsites every so often through this area, so we’ll hopefully be able to work that into our plan as we go.
Food resupply went pretty smoothly – it mostly involved rebagging stuff into ziplocks so it would take up less room. I had a hard time deciding how to count my snacks, so I hope I have enough!
We went across the street to a pizza place for dinner. I got spaghetti and meatballs, which is something I’ve been craving for a while… since my dad mentioned his signature “buck balls and bowties,” which is venison meatballs with bowtie pasta. My spaghetti wasn’t the same, but it filled me up with good calories and protein.
Now we’re sitting on our buns in the hotel room watching Wolverine. I lotioned up my feet, got a little backrub from Aloha and I’m about ready to fall asleep. We hope to get up early tomorrow to get back on trail so we can climb back up to Kearsarge Pass to get us back to the PCT. Eight miles until we get back on trail.
We’re going to have another long stretch without much service, so my next blog entries will probably come in a chunk like this last set. I’ve been getting some really sweet comments and messages from those of you reading along, and I just want to take a minute to say thanks again for reading and your support. You encourage me so much to keep writing! Some nights I’m pretty pooped out and just want to crash, but I enjoy writing, and knowing I have you as followers, it makes it even more worth it. So thanks!
Tonight I love warm hugs. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.