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Charlie "Tahoma 29" Hyde
City: Tacoma
State: WA
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 22, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 27th, 2010
Start: Bear Creek Ridge
End: Vermillion Valley Resort/Mono Hot Springs
Daily Distance: 6.2
Trip Distance: 847.0
Hours Hiked: 3
Entry Lat: 37.326813
Entry Lng: -119.016931

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 426
Journal Visits: 66,349
Guestbook Views: 7,856
Guestbook Entrys: 109

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Last Evening's Full Moon

Mono Hot Springs

After our glorious fording of Bear Creek yesterday today's hike was
pretty anticlimactic. On the trail at 5:30 we had a little bit of
ascent and then a brutal steep switchbacking descent of 2300 ft next
to Mono Creek which just about finished off my right knee, in
considerable pain with each step. At the bottom we ran into Trail
Angel Thomas who is primarily supporting young speed demon Evan and
the two Israeli girls. We told him we hadn't seen them and he shared a
tip with us that the ferry dock had been moved down Edison Lake about
200 yds from normal. When we arrived we couldn't find it at all so
calleds out to two fishing boats for help. One said go left. The other
said go right which turned out to be correct. We found the small dock
and I hung my sore knee in the cold water for relief as we waited.
VVR's owner, Jim I believe, picked us up after making some smart-ass
remark to me and I formed a quick opinion of him, supported by stories
we'd heard from other thru-hikers. We did get a great breakfast at VVR
( Vermillion Ranch) but when I asked about the other local option for
lodging's availability we were incorrectly, as it turned out, told
that no, Mono Hot Springs Resort was closed. A wonderful weekend
hiking couple, Derek and Lynelle, who had been on the ferry with us
overheard us talking and offered to take us down to the public hot
springs which were open. We had a wild ride down the twisty road and a
great soak after some mud-walking in the springs with them. The
hottest one, Old Pedro, was 109 degrees, way to warm for me! On the
drive back up the 7 miles to VVR, Derek swung us into the Mono Hot
Springs Resort which was fully open for business. That convinced me to
stay there rather than up at VVR and I told Mountain Goat and Shin I
would treat them to a night in a "rustic cabin" there with three beds
for their birthdays. MG's was the 23rd and Shin's today the 28th. We
paid for our boxes and breakfasts at Derek kindly drove us back down
to Mono where we bought Lynelle and him some beers for their kindness.
We opened up our rustic cabin and found no power, no light, no sheets
on the beds and I began to wonder what we were getting for . It
turned out that Mono Resort was in my opinion as disinterestedly
mismanaged as VVR was fishy. Some of it may be related to fears that
the Mono Tribe may be successful in a lawsuit to regain the resort's
land which they consider tribal. The nice birthday dinner we were
going to have because the restaurant, open till 8:30 literally kicked
you out at that time, not as you might expect took its last orders at
8:30. We three shared. A bbq chicken meal with mashed potatoes and
small salad out of styrofoam to-go boxes and luke warm microwaved hot
pocket pizza and hamburgers in our cabin by the light of a stinky
kerosene lantern. Mis-sized sheets and pillow slips sans the pillows
were delivered to our room. We had a good "what are you gonna do?"
chuckle and went to bed deciding we'd attempt the b-day celebration
again in Mammoth Lakes in a couple days. Cherie, Butt Queen, the
massage therapists squeezed me in for a nice badly needed maassage and
agreed to give us a ride back up to VVR's ferry in the morning. Back
on the trail in the morning and sadly couldn't update postholer due to
Verizon having no reception while ATT was fine. I borrowed MG's phone
to try calling Nicola in Madagascar who has been violently ill doing
her volunteer clinical work up in a tent in the remote hill regions. I
left her a message and was greatly relieved to learn from Pat that Nic
was feeling much better and would be soon to the more western touristy
island of Nosy Be soon. Happy Trials!

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