June 25, 2017: Hiked Miles 1066.8 to 1084.8 (18.0 total)
We made it through the night without any more rain and woke up dry and warm.
Today I’m going to post some food pictures to give you a good idea of what we eat in a day.
I always make instant coffee.
I usually do two packages of instant oatmeal.
And then I usually eat some peanut butter and trail mix until I’m full.
Colton does two oatmeal packages and usually a package of poptarts.
Then we made our way down the other side along the ridgetop. It’s so nice to walk on the top of mountains so you can see both sides.
It must get windy up here:
On top we ate a snack. We pretty much always eat these bars for a snack. Lightweight for the amount of calories.
We made our way down to Carson Pass, passing Frog Lake as we went.
Some guy insisted on taking my picture in front of the visitor center so I could have a memory of it. A memory of being dirty and stinky I suppose.
They had lots of trail magic for us.
We kept hiking and had some good dirt trails for a bit.
We crossed the Truckee River a few times and only got wet up to our knees and found a good place for lunch in a beautiful valley.
I usually eat wheat thins, cheese, and salami sandwiches for lunch.
He ate an extra poptart for lunch and proceeded to spill the crumbs all over himself.
Then he mowes down on his big bag of chip crumbles and snacks on trail mix and whatever other random food he has. And I eat peanut butter and trail mix. And today an amazing apple from the volunteers at the visitor center.
After lunch we hiked back into the snow and past this icy lake.
If we have extra Slim Jims or cheese, sometimes we’ll add some to our potatoes to give them a little more flavor. And one of our awesome care packages came with little 1 Tbsp. coconut oil packets that made the rice really creamy.
And sometimes people send us dehydrated meals so we get something a little more interesting. But most of the time it’s rice, potatoes, and ramen cause we’re to cheap to splurge on those. Doesn’t get much more exciting.
After dinner we always warm up with hot cocoa.
But tonight I had a special desert that I packed out with me from the visitor center.
I probably haven’t had one of these in over 20 years. When I was a kid my mom was a health nut and we hardly ever got candy or sugary treats. We lived in the small town of Willits and would occasionally go over to Ukiah for school shopping and other big outings. There was a Hostess outlet there that had discounted food that was about to be expired. Well, my mom couldn’t pass up a good deal. So we always went there to get these every time we went to Ukiah as our “big treat”. We never got anything else, just these little chocolate cupcakes. I don’t even know what they’re called. But, man were they good. And they’re still just as good today. The best part is when you bite into the middle that’s full of the cream frosting.
It feels like it’s going up be a cold night tonight, but tomorrow we only have six miles to hike to Highway 50 where my aunt and uncle are picking us up and we’ll get to head into South Lake Tahoe to resupply, do laundry, and shower. It’s only been 10 days since our last shower, so I’m sure we smell like roses.