June 10, 2017: Hiked Zero Miles! Sat in the car all day!
We woke up at 6:00 this morning to the alarm. Not enough sleep! Colton said let’s snooze for 10 minutes. I passed out instantly. I woke up again and looked at the clock. 6:45, shoot! Somehow Colton had switched his phone to PM when he changed the alarm. We jumped up, brushed our teeth, and were out the door by 7:00. We had to get the car back before 3:00 so we didn’t want to be late.
We had a beautiful morning drive and didn’t hit any deer! We passed the spot that we had hit the deer on the way down and saw our skid marks on the road which brought back some great memories.
We didn’t have time to eat before we left so we were starving when we got to Susanville and grabbed some donuts and McDonald’s. These seem to be our favorite things lately.
We stopped in Reno at REI quickly so Colton could buy some better sandals than his flip flips for river crossings and pick up some rain pants now that things are getting wet with the melting snow. And I returned a sun shirt that I had worn all of twice in the desert. I just can’t handle long sleeves when I’m hot, even if it is breathable.
We got back on the road and had a great day driving down Highway 395. Such a pretty drive with how green it is this year and all the cool little towns along the way.
We made it to the rental car agency right in time and got to show off our impressive damage. Can’t wait to get that bill. Since the rental place was at the airport we had to walk a mile and a half back to the highway to try and get a ride. And not surprisingly, hitchhiking on a highway is not the easiest thing to do. It took about 45 minutes before a local Fish and Game warden picked us up on his way into Bishop. It’s always great meeting locals and getting to hear about different people’s lives.
He dropped us off at the grocery store in Bishop where we finished our shopping and tried to shove all our food into our bear canisters. It didn’t even come close. We’re gonna have too get creative tomorrow or eat a lot of food.
We walked down to the famous Schat’s Bakery and picked up some baked goods for breakfast in the morning.
Then we ran across the street and got some smoked pulled pork sandwiches and a beer for our last meal for a week.
I was really impressed with the local beer I got, an IPA out of Mammoth. We chowed down and started walking again. We wanted to try and get back to South Lake tonight so that we could get right back on the trail in the morning while the snow was good because we had a long haul to get back up over Bishop Pass and back down to the PCT. I called our friend Nick, who had given us a ride into and out of Lone Pine, and he gave us a ride back to the trail. I’m glad we made friends with Nick, he’s a really fun guy.
It was already getting dark by the time we got to South Lake so we said bye to Nick and got some warm clothes on and set up our tent right next to the parking lot.
We even have an outhouse, trash can, and bear box tonight! We feel spoiled. We couldn’t believe how much the snow had melted in the four days since we had been here. The lake that was partially iced over on Tuesday was now completely free of snow. It’ll be interesting to see how the trail conditions have changed when we get back out there tomorrow. There’s also supposed to be a storm coming in tomorrow with snow and freezing temps. It’s supposed to hit more north of us, but with our luck we’ll probably get dumped on. Oh well nothing new.
It feels good to be back in our tent, although pretty cold, and nice to be going to bed early again. I’m surprised that I’m already tired and it’s only 9:00 after the past few late nights we’ve had. But we are definitely lacking on sleep, so I think we will be passed out soon.