Last night was surprisingly chilly. I think bc we were near the water. I couldn't sleep, I was up until 11-12a. I think bc I was anxious to get into town. I also woke around three wishing it'd get light outside so I could start heading out. I saw heartbreaker packing out early so I followed. I hiked three miles out to red meadow and arrived at 7a. I saw a deer on the way. The deer out here are not like the ones I've seen in WA or tx. They are more Bambi like.
I arrived at reds to a cute little resort with little a frame cabins all around. It's like a little campsite with amenities. They also have a small cafe and general store. I went around to the back to charge since I was on like 6%. All that service last night drained my battery. There were a few hikers waiting by the picnic benches for the bus to mammoth. We were told it would be there to pick us up a little after seven but it didn't come till after eight. A bunch of got on the bus. It was only $7 round trip to town. They take you to the adventure center in mammoth which is just the ski area where people were mountain biking or snow boarding. It reminded me of a tiny whistler.
From there, we took another bike shuttle that takes you to the town village where you connect onto the trolley that makes town stops. A lot of bus changes! Mammoth is a ski town with a lot of things. It's pretty spread out. The ride took awhile but we finally made it to the good life cafe for breakfast. I went with a game and undercover and this other couple from Germany. I was soooo hungry. I ordered a omelette, hash browns and French toast. So good and full. Our waitress was so nice to us. I felt like people were maybe staring at us who don't know about the PCT. Mammoth seems like a town that is touristy so some are like wtf are these stumbling dirty people doing here.
After breakfast, I went to the motel 6 to pick up a package. I was a little worried at first bc they didn't have my name on the list but he finally found it. It was a new cord where I can transfer photos to my iPhone from camera. Then I walked across the street and met a game and undercover at black velvet coffee shop, this super hipster coffee place that made me feel like I was in Seattle. I loitered there and did Internet things and waited for the Texans. I got to FaceTime Ellie, Quang and the cats!! So happy and fun. Ellie is gonna send me a pair of girlfriend leggings on trail! Can't wait to wear them in the mts.
Then the Texans popped in!! I hadn't seen them all week and they were so tan and tired looking. They made a huge push to reds this morning and hiked 30 in 24 hrs!! They are crazy. They went to get food next door and I met with them to catch up. Then nates parents and little sister came and picked us up! So fun to meet them. We piled into their rental minivan and drove to Tahoe. I am so grateful for the Texans and their family. They are letting me join their family vacation in Tahoe. I am just gonna stay a few days and they'll be there for the week. The drive was pretty long at three hours. I took a tiny nap since I didn't sleep much the night before.
We stopped by a Costco in Nevada to get food before heading to the house. So weird to be in a Costco these days! They rented this cute little house on the north side of the lake. We finally took a shower and I shaved. So amazing. We all hung out and ate a burger and baked potatoes for a late dinner. So good. I was so stuffed. I was able to sleep in a bed before Meg's mom and bro comes so that was nice!