Day 144: Wenatchee 

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.

Derek made us a real breakfast of coffee, toast, sausage, and eggs. Just what we’ve been craving. We spent the morning lounging around, talking, and drinking coffee. A perfect, relaxing morning.

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:

Although after spending so much time camping through Washington and Oregon, I feel like I practically live in these states too. Maybe I’ll just have to make all three.

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. 

We’re learning from him.

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 had dinner at South, a great Mexican restaurant and I got my fish tacos which I haven’t had in ages. And then we walked through the market on the way out and I saw this awesome sign:

Please tell me someone else gets it. If not, you’re missing out on life. 

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:

Is this not every kid’s dream? I think so. 

Now it’s 11:30 and waaay past my bedtime and we’re back on the trail tomorrow, so goodnight!


7 thoughts on “Day 144: Wenatchee 

  1. Hope you two are safe. Missing your blog and see you are within 210 miles of Canada. Are you still planning on picking up the sections you missed due to high water and fires?

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  2. Thanks for the update. While I know it wasn’t in the plan to skip those Sierra sections, kind of cool you’ll be wrapping up this years hiking in our home state. Parallels life somewhat as you roll with the changes 🎉

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