Day 148: Hour by hour on a zero day

Mon. 9/16/13
0 miles, currently at Mile 2402.0 at Snoqualmie Pass

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Pancakes to cure a serious craving.

We decided to take the zero today, and it turned out to be a fabulous choice. I got more Aloha time, lots more food, relaxation, fun and more. It rained on and off all day, and the clouds hung low in the hills all around us. I was happy to be dry and warm all day. We are hiking out tomorrow and the rain is forecasted to stick around for a couple more days, but we have one less day in it. I’m ready, though, and excited to get back on trail.

So for today’s zero, I decided to see if it would be fun to do another hour by hour day. It was pretty fun to do, and in the end I’m pretty impressed with how much we did… or how little, depending on how you look at it… so here it is!

8am. I woke up. This is my pillow. I know, super-exciting… it’s what I was looking at when I woke up. I think it gets better…

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9am. I was making coffee after putzing around with gear and laundry stuff.

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10am. Breakfast at The Summit Inn Pancake House with Aloha, Tears, Fun Size and Lighthouse. Mmmm, got me some panny-cakes!

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11am. Just laying around watching TV. I have no idea what we’re watching… but we did have Jerry Springer on for a bit. Oy!

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12pm. More TV, sitting with Aloha, and eating snacks. I’ve wanted to sit around a lot on a zero this whole trip, and I did a pretty good job today. Chili cheese Fritos and Snapple really hit the spot.

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1pm. Hot tub! Yes, it was awesome.

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2pm. Watching some videos and working on trying to sit and relax some more… and eating gummies.

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3pm. Aloha, Tears, Fun Size and I left the hotel and head to town for a buffet as our main destination, but we swung by the Safeway for a few groceries. Remember the comment I made in a previous blog about taking photos of grocery isles? Well, that’s where I was at 3:00, so here it is… I was looking for a specific kind of strawberries and cream hard candy, which they did not have. Bummer.

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4pm. The buffet was at a casino. We arrived at 3:30 and the dinner buffet didn’t start until 4:00, so we had to find something to do… easy! Penny slots!

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5pm. Eating, eating, laughing, eating and more eating. We totally crushed this awesome buffet. Check out that dessert case! There was also a chocolate fountain, mongolian grill, woodfire pizza, prime rib, snow crab, and salad bar with cottage cheese!

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6pm. A few more slots to let our tummies settle. We weren’t big winners, but we only lost $9.95. Not a bad price for some fun racing cows and spinning the wheel of fortune!

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7pm. Riding back to our hotel in the pickle jar.

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8pm. Monday Night Football and Irish Death beer that I wasn’t terribly crazy about. It kept hitting my darn cavity, so maybe that had something to do with it. More sitting around was good, especially with a still-stuffed belly of buffet.

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9pm. Ummm… this was all I could get. Well… it’s what I was staring at when my watch turned to 9:00…

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10pm. Hiker photoshoot in room 118! Strike your best pose! This one was a little set up. :)

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11pm. Frankenberry cereal and more TV. I did quite a lot of nothin’ today! Success.

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12am. Writing this blog entry and watching Robot Chicken.

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And now I sleep!


Tonight I love how easy it is to get tasty drinks when in town.

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Zero day bevvie lineup.

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A favorite part of my day.

Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey!

With love,
Toots Magoots
(Robin Grapa)

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2 thoughts on “Day 148: Hour by hour on a zero day

  1. Hey Kid, A big howdy to the pickle crew sounds like your zero was a blast and quite relaxing indeed, looks like your weather should be quite nice after this front moves through, good luck with the aggrevating tooth, stay warm and dry.Happy Trails, — Pappy —

  2. OK, I am caught up! Thanks so much for sharing your adventure via this blog. I really love the way your write about everything. So full of joy and passion for what you are doing and a true reverence for your surroundings. I have a dream of hiking the PCT some day and have followed several PCT blogs over the past few years. I’ve been following yours for a few weeks now and I’m finally caught up to your daily activities :) Not bad timing either, as I live in the Seattle area and am toying with the idea of a day hike on Saturday, possibly up near Stevens Pass, so hey, who knows. Maybe I’ll bring some cottage cheese (on ice) with me just in case we end up passing each other :) Either way, I look forward to hearing of your arrival at Manning Park and hope that you will share your future adventures as well!

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