August 7, 2017: Hiked zero miles… walked way too much…
I was sooo determined to sleep in today. It was definitely happening. Well, it didn’t. 5:50, wide awake. Oh well. I forced myself to lay in bed for three hours getting as much work done as I could on updating my blogs. Sometimes blogging is harder than hiking. Ok, not usually. Only when you’re trying to catch up on two weeks worth of blogs.
I finally escaped from my bed when my body couldn’t hold off on food any longer. Even with all that junk we ate last night, I was still starving. I figured Colton would be sleeping still since he never came in to see if I was awake but he said he had been up since early as well, assuming I was still sleeping.
Kim graciously left us to her house and food as she had to work all day, so we made some breakfast and enjoyed eating in chairs and not on the ground, and off actual plates.
We did laundry and then ran down to the bus stop to catch a bus downtown to run some errands. Colton’s new to the whole bus thing so I got to teach him about transfers and different routes and all that. I think he’s starting to like this new form of transportation.
First stop was REI so Colton could exchange his sandals that are breaking on him. Then we ran over to the Verizon store. They were fairly busy and only had one employee working when we showed up so Colton had fun waiting by checking out the virtual reality glasses.
Eventually another employee showed up and he helped me to transfer everything from my old phone to my new one since my old phone is basically unable to do anything with the cracked screen. It took awhile to transfer everything so we really got to know him while we waited. We talked about the trail, his son, snakes, football, life, everything. He even hooked me up with a new screen protector free of charge. Super nice guy.
After Verizon, Colton was starving so we grabbed some In-n-Out… along with everyone else in Medford.
We stocked up on groceries and while we were waiting for our bus, we ran into Silverfox!
He was staying at the hotel across the street and saw us while he was picking up some snacks. He told us he is flying home tomorrow. He’s decided to finish the trail next year due to all the fire closures that are in effect. We are sad knowing that we won’t see him anymore on the trail. Who knows, maybe he’ll change his mind and come back out.
We took the bus back to Kim’s, sorted through all our resupply, and spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool, sipping one of our favorite Oregon beers.
I worked on my blog some more, Colton pretended he was a fish, and we chatted and laughed with Kim for awhile when she got home from work.
Eventually our stomachs got the best of us again and Kim let us borrow her car to go grab some food.
On the drive we got to watch the most beautiful sunset.
In the mean time the sun sank into the sky.