Daily miles – 8
Total miles – 2577
Good night in Stehekin. We all slept in till nearly 8am. Check out was at 10:30am, so we headed down for breakfast shortly after waking. Breakfast was OK at the restaurant next to the lodge, but I think we all would have been more satisfied at a Denny’s. Gazelle and Beardoh had high hopes for the elegant sounding Turkish coffee ice cream infused French toast as described in the menu, but it arrived overcooked and dry, so they both asked for pancakes instead. Sweetpea’s granola dish came without some of the ingredients (berries) as listed on the menu and was also dry. The restaurant was dropping the ball this AM for sure.
After packing up our gear in the motel room, we headed over to the Post Office to get our resupply box and began sorting it out.
We sat down by the lake at a picnic table doing our sorting and dividing up of food for the stretch. We (as well as Mountain Man and Gazelle) decided to do hot lunch and dinner for this stretch. It will be a nice treat to have that each day. We were able to get the extra food for cooking that we needed out of the hiker box. All of us are eating more and more now, especially with the cold. It was beautiful down at the lake. We took some time to just sit on a park bench and take it all in.
Stehekin is definitely a place that we should come back to and camp or stay at a Lodge or cabin. Perhaps do some day hikes from as well just sit down by the lake. It is a lake – locked location and isolated, pretty neat.
We caught the 2pm bus out of town back to ‘High Bridge’, which is where the PCT is located. Within a few minutes we were back on the trail. Unfortunately, it started to rain about an hour into the walk. The rain lasted for about an hour and then we were dry for the last bit of walk to camp.
Tonight we are camped at an official campsite (North Fork) in the National Park. There are a couple ladies next to us as well as some archeologists who are excavating a couple small sites next to the campsite.