This morning I woke up and had to pack my stuff bc the sprinklers come on at 8am to water the park. I threw my pack into GB's tent while he, Rusty and I slack packed the eight miles between the two highways. We hitched to the trailhead and were off. It took just around three hours to do the eight miles. Not super hilly or flat. It always feels like I'm going the same pace as with a pack but supposedly we were way faster. I got to meet and talk with a new gal hiker named Genie aka Gwen from Australia. She was pretty cool. When we got to the other freeway, we called the bus for a pick up but a car stopped by and gave us a ride back to the airport.
We got back to the airport and I had to repitch my tent. I got my stuff ready and walked over to the bakery. My sciatica was hurting BAD. I barely made it there. All of the town walking is so bad for me. We met L&R there. I ordered a giaaaant salad with all the fixings like German beets, avacado, egg, cucumber, and even sprouts! I didn't know it was going to be so huge, I could only eat about half. I was kinda bummed I couldn't finish since I would have to save soggy salad for later.
From there, L&R went with Demi and her mom to this wine/dog wash event and GB and I hitched to the post office. I was picking up a pkg from JC and Hoat and I was throwing in some dinners into GB's box to Kennedy Meadows since I know my box there doesn't sound super appealing to me anymore. I had debated on whether or not to forward my care pkg since there were fresh cookies from Tiff's but ended up just bringing it back to camp with us. GB was talking to a man at the post office while I was in line and he ended up taking us back to the airport! What a sweet man. I loved him so much.
I came back to camp and saw Joe and tori! So happy to see them. I opened up my care pkg from JC and Hoat and was so overwhelmed with gratitude! There were vacuum sealed fresh cookies from Tiff's in Austin, huge bags of starburst, jelly beans, sour patch, honey stingers, 100 count organic baby wipes and a huge handful of freezer bags!! Man, do they know what is up. They both thru hiked last year so they wanted to send me something on trail. They made it super easy for me since I didn't even need to give them addresses or packing instructions. I love it! And obviously, mailing me things I will totally use on trail. Thank you, boys!! Y'all are THE best. They each wrote me a sweet letter as well. I packed what I could into my bag and shared the rest with others.
I finally took another shower but this time it was with hot water yay! I didn't wash my hair bc the shampoo in there sucked and drying my hair is annoying. I was helping GB sew his pants when Parker finally walked up!! He is my friend, rose's brother from back home and we had hiked to tunnel falls right before I left Seattle. It was so good to see him. He had only started from the border like 25 days ago and has already caught up to me. I could not believe it!! He has been doing crazy 30 mile days and has had very little rest. I sat with him and caught up to hear his stories. Also talked about the food we've been eating, of course. Lisa opened her package of new shoes, socks and a sleeping bag. Her mom sent a stack of honey buns and shared with us. Everyone LOVED the cookies! Esp the Texans. Thanks again y'all.
We were getting hungry and I've been craving spaghetti for days so Rusty, GB, Bomber, Lana and I walked to town wondering where to eat. We ended up going by the shed and saw they had spaghetti and meatballs on their menu and decided to eat there. Big mistake for me! My meatballs tasted pretty bad and the pasta was just ok. I lost my appetite quickly and was bummed I had paid $11 for something I barely ate. But the others liked theirs so I was happy. Next time, we'll know to not get spaghetti unless it's from an Italian place!!
I was super tired. We said our official goodbye to Lisa and will probably see rusty soon again. Parker had talked about waking up early to catch the the 630a bus from Kmart but decided he needed sleep so GB and I were planning to do it still until we found out we were looking at m-f schedule and tomorrow is a Saturday. We can't keep track of what day it is. Sooo now we don't know when to go and are hoping for either a ride from a trail angel or the bus which runs way later. Oh well. I just wanna get through this next dry stretch to lake Isabella. I decided to not blow up my pad tonight and try sleeping on the hard ground. We'll see how it goes.