Massive Bear, massive beers, massive breakfasts, massive pine cones – Days 16-18

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DAY 16

Mileage: 251.0 – 266.1

Right now is TOWN DAY! Awoke at 4:30 am and had been climbing by 5:02. As an alternative of watching the morning cartoons and consuming a bowl of cereal we watched the solar rise over San Gorgonio whereas consuming our breakfast shake.

For these of you who aren’t out climbing or haven’t hiked, city day is so much like trip… plenty of anticipation and what looks like a number of ready irrespective of how lengthy the journey. (we had one three days in the past however they’re all the time enjoyable) It’s very tempting to test the GPS to learn how a lot time you’ve got left. Our means round this… GAME OF THRONES AUDIO BOOK!!! (insert theme music) Issues solely acquired extra fascinating from right here. We had been crushing miles while listening to the tales of Ned Stark, The Wall (not Trumps), and information flash WINTER IS COMING!!! We listened for roughly an hour and a half and holy smoke the miles flew by. We ended up knocking out 15.1 miles earlier than 10am. Humorous factor is that we’ve been lacking the hiker milestone of 10 miles earlier than 10am virtually each day by 10-15 minutes. That is often because of the truth that we’re chatty Cathy’s and like to speak up anybody we go. Secure to say we lastly checked that field.

A snake we watched climb a tree

We reached our pickup level the place the path crosses 18 exterior of Massive Bear. We known as the famed path angle Papa Smurf and he was pleased to provide us a journey to the native Von’s the place we may do our resupply. He additionally advisable that we begin on the Greenback Tree and seize lunch afterwards at Maggios.

Maggios is a good place to seize some meals off path. It’s a bit Italian pizzeria that has salads, subs (scorching or chilly), pizza, calzones, and pastas. The parts are superior and the meals is reasonable. They even provide a PCT low cost. I had the hen Alfredo and Kelsey had a calzone full of meatball, sausage and pizza sauce…. DELISH!!!

Laundry time!!!

We had been stuffed to our gills and our resupply was completed. We then walked into city and checked into our room on the Black Forest Inn. That place is superior!!! Every thing from the room to the individuals who personal it. They gave us loads of recommendations on the place to eat and even supplied to provide us a journey again to the path after checkout. Thanks once more guys, our keep was superior.

We completed our day by snacking across the village of Massive Bear Lake. We devoured chips and guacamole on the Mexican place and beers paired with a Bavarian pretzel on the native brewery. We even managed to get to mattress at an honest hour.

DAY 17

Mileage: 266.1 – 276.6

Kelsey was awake brilliant and early however let me sleep whereas she talked to her mother and commenced engaged on the weblog. After permitting me to sleep a bit longer we completed our morning chores and grabbed a fast breakfast.

The house owners of our lodge supplied to take us to the trailhead at midday and we graciously accepted. They’re superior folks and we’d advocate them over and over!!

We hiked Three miles in our first hour earlier than stopping for lunch. We packed out Taco Bell so we had been fairly excited for our luxurious lunch on path.

Selfies with burritos

Mid meal we had been met by a bunch of older males part climbing the PCT and their furry companion. She’s the one who compelled them to cease hahah. She laid down subsequent to us within the shade telling her house owners that she wanted a break. Cody shared his water together with her whereas we chatted with the group swapping tales.

Bye, pals!!

Later within the afternoon we ran into two ladies who instructed us that quite a few different teams had given us path nicknames. We’re being known as Speedy 1 & Speedy 2 and REI Energy Couple. We discover each fairly humorous however haven’t selected a everlasting one. The women had been very pleasant and enjoyable to speak to. We wanting ahead to seeing them once more.

DAY 18

Mileage 276.6 – 301.3

We wakened with our common plans of doing our strange mileage. We walked and walked, crushing miles as we loved the brisk morning air. We even met up with a buddy who we had misplaced days earlier on the path. Every thing was going our means. Tons of water and deep cool swimming pools of it had us feeling spoiled because the temperature rose. We even took a break to swim at one level.

We had determined that with our progress we could as effectively push it and hit the 300 mark that day. All was good till it virtually wasn’t. Cody tripped arduous at one level inflicting our telephone to launch from his hip belt pocket. The issue was that we didn’t discover till we had been about 1.5 miles farther. Cody walked again till he discovered the telephone and ended up path operating again to the place Kelsey was with the packs. Disaster averted!!

Glad face after discovering the telephone!

After some fast water we walked some extra earlier than consuming dinner underneath the Deep Creek bridge. It was delicious however we knew that we had the massive Three Hundo to hit.

After being rattled at a number of instances by a really offended snake we hit our goal. The one downside… no tent websites inside a mile. We had been smoked however knew that we needed a pleasant spot to relaxation and that’s precisely what we discovered. A wonderful  riverbank simply off path with good water and flat floor. All was good within the climbing world.  

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