Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27th - Sula, Darby and back to the trail

August 26th and 27th 2015

So much happened over the last couple of days, I'll try to get a little of everything covered. Some is for my own memory and I'll try to keep the rest entertaining.

Yesterday, the 26th, everyone (Picker, Dayman and Lala) woke up early as heck and started hiking to cover the 10 miles to the pass and town. I managed to wake up as they were leaving camp. I really don't like waking up early but sometimes will try it out to hike with other people. This whole last section I woke up 30 minutes later than everyone and I had to use my long legs to catch up. I like walking by myself and camping with others, taking breaks with others is nice too.

So I headed to the Sula Mountain Resort and ate all sorts of food, the breakfast burrito was tasty. They also had my resupply boxes, everyone at the store was very nice and helpful. From there I decided to hitch down to Darby to meet up with all of my hiking buddies.

Darby was also a nice little town with friendly locals. Another thru hiker that had finished 2 days earlier on August 24th knew Mountainspice and invited us to his parents place. The Reverend and his family were extremely hospitable, everything was amazing and I even got to sleep in a giant RV. His parent's set up is pretty nice with amazing views of some mountains. The property and surrounding properties were all designed by some Hollywood types for other Hollywood types. Supposedly they have some famous neighbors, pretty cool. On that same note Dayman and Lala saw Viggo Mortensen at a store in town the day before. You know, Strider from the Lord or the Rings.

Eventually we had to get back on trail and The Rev was kind enough to give us a ride back to the trailhead. Hiking is hiking and about 6 of us set up camp together after getting some miles in. The smoke is so bad that everyone is coughing up phlegm and other deadly carcinogens. It's really bad, so bad the trail is closed in about 20 places north of here. Hopefully the fires will go out and the smoke will go away.

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