Mileage: 0 (though we hitched over 20 miles round trip)
Today was a resupply day from Sonora Pass. We got to the pass last night as it was getting dark, so we decided to camp near the road and hitch in the morning.
When we get to a pass, it usually looks like the picture below:
Pretty much just a road in the middle of the trail with some cars and not much else. We stood by the road this morning with our thumbs out and got picked up within 20 minutes or so! Yay! The nicest couple drive us to the Kennedy Meadows Resort where we had mailed ourselves a food supply package. The resort is a pack station where people go to fish and ride horses. It was a really cool place, and very crowded.
The highlights were a nice hot shower with no time limit and also the fact that we got to mail home our bear canisters (they aren’t required anymore)! It’s so nice not to have to carry around the extra two pounds of stiff round plastic all the time. Our packs are now lighter, and much easier to pack.
After spending the day at the resort, we started walking back towards the road to hitch back to the trail when a nice lady named Mary came running after us. She offered us a ride back to the trail and a fabulous feast of a dinner. We sat at the Carol family’s picnic table and were fed like kings! We ate spaghetti with meatballs, bread, wine, soda and fresh pie! We chatted for a few hours and enjoyed the great company of the Carol family and friends. After the eating was done we got driven back to the trail just before sunset. The whole experience of this completely unexpected trail magic was the highlight of my week! Thank you so much Mary, Matt, Josephine, Carrie, and all the others whose names we forget! We were so lucky to meet you! You made our day several times over.
We got back to the trail, and camped very near where we camped the night before, right by the road. We didn’t make any miles of northward progress today, but we hitched over 20 miles total to Kennedy Meadows Resort and back, resupplied our food, took a shower, laundered all our clothes, fixed the zippers on our tent, and ate a delicious meal at a restaurant then an even better one by our trail angels. All in all, it was a very productive day. Zero days can be the most work of any days on the trail, but we managed this one with aplomb thanks for all our incredible trail angels helping us along!