September 5, 2017: Hiked Zero Miles!
After three weeks of sleeping on the ground, a night in a bed was amazing. I slept like a rock. Until 4:15 this morning when Colton woke me up on the way to the bathroom and I couldn’t fall back asleep. I guess I slept so well in those few hours that it was all my body needed. I tried to fall back asleep, but eventually just gave up and read.
The valley was even more socked in with smoke this morning. The sun looked like a fireball and one look at the sky made you feel like either the world was ending or we had woken up on the coast.
We finally pulled ourselves up off the couch to be productive and went resupply shopping. We are basically on autopilot now when it comes to shopping since we eat the same stuff all the time, so we quickly made our way through Safeway, buying all the possible sugary and artificial food we could. My 16-year-old self would be so proud. We bought double of everything we need so that we can send a box of food ahead to our next stop in Steheiken, since resupply there is very limited and most likely outrageously expensive.
While in Safeway, we passed by the Starbucks Cafe and I saw a sign advertising that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are now back in season. It took all my willpower not to buy one right there, but after already drinking three cups of coffee this morning, I thought that might be a little overkill. I’m afraid my next Starbucks encounter won’t be for a few weeks, but that Pumpkin Spice Latte will taste even sweeter after finishing the trail.
We ran a couple more errands and then Derek took us to the neatest little cafe for lunch called Lisa Bee’s. They had a great selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit, smoothies, and ice cream and I was happy to finally get a big salad. And boy was big an understatement.
I swear, there really is lettuce under there somewhere. Somehow I managed to almost eat the whole thing. It took me almost an hour, but I shoveled in all the fresh meat and veggies I could get. That’s probably all my vitamins and fiber for the next week or two!
The cafe had some neat decorations and I have decided that I will have to recreate this piece when I get home, but of course it will be of California:
Once I finally finished my salad, we went home and went through our food, packing half in our bags, and the other half in a box to ship ahead. We pretty much took over Derek’s kitchen with this process and it looked like a 12-year-old’s slumber party gone bad. He gave us some new snacks to try that we’re pretty excited about. I’ll let you know how they are.
And then we commenced more relaxing. Packer, the dog, gets the award for relaxing today.
After my excitement about pumpkin spice this morning, Derek insisted I had to try this pumpkin ale from Elysian Brewery:
I’ve tried countless pumpkin beers and have never found a good one. They’re all too sweet or thick for me. But this one rocked! He even lined the rim of the glass with some cinnamon sugar and for a second I couldn’t tell if I was drinking a beer or a margarita. It was the perfect combination of subtle sweetness and a good ale. Yay, finally!
For dinner we went downtown to the Public Market. It’s kind of like a mini replica of the market in Seattle.
We finished the great day of relaxation off at home with the ultimate way to relax: watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on their projector in their very own home theater. Complete with fresh popcorn:
Now it’s 11:30 and waaay past my bedtime and we’re back on the trail tomorrow, so goodnight!