This morning we slept in because it was way too cold to get out of our cozy tent. When we finally emerged we saw our evidence of just how cold the night had been. Derek’s shirt, pants and shoes were completely frozen (he had washed them in the spring last night so were damp when we went to bed)! We didn’t end up leaving camp till 10am, which is super late by hiker standards! Once we got going, the miles flew by. It was relatively flat and very pretty as we walked along the crest. Our sandwich for the day was pulled pork with onions on a jalepeno cheddar roll. It’s so nice to rest our feet and kick back when we eat lunch.
After a long lunch we got back on our feet and saw a bunch of cages in the distance. When we approached we were surprised to see bears in the cages (and one tiger in the distance)! Apparently they are bears that have been used in movies that are now retired. It was kinda sad because they don’t look very well taken care of. So we saw our first bear on the trail…. Not that it really counts.
Shortly after the sad encounter with the caged bears, we stumbled upon some great trail magic!!! There was a cooler with water and sodas and fruit for hikers to enjoy. We grabbed an orange soda, a grape soda, and kept hiking. After guzzling down the cold treats we came upon another stash of trail magic! This one had a couch and a big container with bananas, oranges, soda, candy and more! There were a bunch of hikers gathered there enjoying the treats. I though it was funny when the dog jumped on the couch to enjoy the cozy spot. I can’t describe how great it feels to come upon something so unexpected. It gave Derek and I the extra energy needed to get to camp!
We rolled into our planned camp for the night just as the sun was going down. We got mixed up and made a mistake in thinking that there was water here at the campsite (it’s actually less than a mile down the trail), but Derek found an extra liter of water in his pick that he had forgotten about, so we’ll actually be fine dry camping for the night.
After finding a spot for our tent we set it up quickly and jumped inside since it was getting cold in a hurry. We ate rice with a vegetable curry sauce from trader joes that we added canned chicken to. It was one of our best meals yet. Of course we ate it while cozy under our quilt. Dinner in bed is the only at we roll these days. We get to big bear tomorrow and we’re excited for another town stop!