Got an early start after a good night’s sleep. It is always nice to wake up to blue skies. Shortly after getting on the trail, we came to Painted Rocks which has really nice views of nearby mountains. We commented that we should camp there the next time we are hiking in the area.
The trail goes right through town making it a very reasonable place to resupply and clean up. Descending, we did not see that many people until then last couple few miles, a few bikers and a few day hikers.
We made the 9 miles into Tahoe City by 10:30 and headed straight to the motel (America’s Best Value) to make sure we could get a room. There were so many tourists when we came into town that we were worried we would have trouble finding lodging. Luckily we were able to get a room ($107 with a AAA Discount). We spent the first hour or so taking showers and washing our clothes in the sink.
We walked to the post office to pick up a package for Beardoh and then walked to a nearby restaurant for soup and all-you-can-eat salad bar. The soup was cold potato leak, and while we were disappointed that chili was not in season, the potato leak soup was excellent….very flavorful. The fresh food tasted great! We were able to stop by a grocery store on our way back to hotel so we got ourselves resupplied for the next few days…Beardoh even got a Lagunitas Imperial Ale to drink back at the motel. Total bill for all of our trail food for 2 full days and breakfast was just over $50 for the two of us.
We lounged around for a couple hours in the motel and then went to the Mexican restaurant Blue Agave next door. Food was good. Generally Tahoe City is a tourist town. It was OK, but we’re not sure that we would want to live here.