Daily miles – 20
Total miles – 1771
Good night sleep for both of us. Tucked into the group of trees where we were, it was still quite dark when the time came to get up and moving.
The hiking today was fairly easy, with much of it being on a slow decline towards Fish Lake. Toward the end of the day, we were on trail that was built over lava slides. The trail through these sections was pretty decent as pulverized rock had been brought in to create the trail. We did have a couple non trail miles to hike at the end of the day to make it to Fish Lake, but these miles came quick on the smooth trail that connects the PCT to Fish Lake Resort. Much of the day, we walked through blueberry (or maybe huckleberry) bushes. Not a lot of berries were ripe, but every once in a while we came to a group of bushes that had many berries.
We came to the Lower Brown Mountain Shelter in the latter part of the morning. Someone had put a couple coolers with beer and soda inside the shelter. There was also some fruit and other snacks as well. About 1/4 mile past the shelter at a road there was a sign for more trail magic up the road. So we walked up to that and it was pretty incredible. Three hikers who met on the PCT in 2014 had come out to do trail magic together. They had a cereal first course for us, along with beer and soda. Then, they had a second course (hot) which they actually had menus for and fresh ingredients. They called their trail magic ‘Le Bistro’, and it was. We all got Omelets with spinach, cheese, bacon and onions. Part of their theme was to wear a hat or costume (they had a bin full of stuff to choose from), which added an extra flair to it all.
We ambled out of the trail magic after an hour with full bellies. Needles to say, we did not have to take our normal 12 noon lunch break.
The rest of the day, we walked steadily to get to the Fish Lake Resort. We rolled in around 5pm, got our resupply package (and Beardoh’s new shoes!) and then found the hiker camping area. After setting up our stuff, we went back to the main resort area and had dinner there. The day ended with a nice sunset.