August 10, 2017: Hiked Miles 1761.0 to 1770.9 (9.9 total)
We woke up bright and early this morning at 5:30 to a nice cool morning. We tried to be quiet packing up to not wake up Collin, who was camped right next to us, but putting a tent away is never very quiet. We woke him up anyways, which he thanked us for, saving him from being lazy.
We shoved a couple poptarts in our mouths and started hiking. The morning was grey and cool and it felt nice to be out and about early. We moved out of the forest and into endless rock fields.
We saw an interesting log:
And even ran across a bunch of slushy snow patches.
We hiked quickly through the morning and before we knew it we were right in front of Mt. McLoughlin.
We made it to the highway and after a bit of phone tag and miscommunication, eventually she found us. We’re staying with her tonight and then she’s taking us back to the trailhead above Crater Lake tomorrow due to the fire closure. We’re pretty bummed about having to skip the lake, but luckily we live close enough to come back and see it… if they ever get these fires out… so doubtful.
She picked us stinky hikers up and we took off. She asked if we were hungry. Asking a PCT hiker if they’re hungry is like asking a person if they like breathing. Yes, we were hungry. So we stopped in Grants Pass at Elmers to get second breakfast. Poptarts isn’t real breakfast anyways. It was amazing.
And then on the way home Kay asked if we should stop for cinnamon rolls for later. She really speaks hiker language pretty well.
We stopped at this cool old bakery/restaurant off the freeway that Colton and I have drove passed countless times, always saying we’re going to stop, but never have. I was so excited to finally make it here.
The pecan ones were a little more human size and looked mouth watering.
We finally stopped drooling over food and made it to her home.
We showered, did laundry, and relaxed for a few minutes to catch up on life before heading out to Melrose Vineyards where Kay is a member. She was nice enough to let us tag along for her wine pick-up/tasting/pairing event.
The place was gorgeous.
And the food and wine weren’t too bad either.
And a blackberry salted caramel brownie with a merlot:Kay might have let it slip that we were starving PCT hikers and suddenly we ended up with seconds on the food. We weren’t too upset. The merlot and brownie were all of our favorites and we sat outside enjoying the breeze, beautiful scenery, and great company along with the food and wine.
We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and then really stuffed ourselves.
We had such a fun day with Kay, laughing, telling stories, and really just kicking back and relaxing. Since we still have enough food for our next section, we didn’t even have to run around town shopping. A great half-day off the trail.
We went home and relaxed for a bit, but we couldn’t go to bed without digging into our cobbler!