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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Sat, Jun 25th, 2011
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 903.2
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When we were at the Paradise Cafe (section A), we met a couple returning from Palm Springs. Diane and Bobby are hikers. Bobby is a section hiker. They were very interested in our adventure. They had a condo in Mammoth and said when we reached Mammoth to look them up.
Well, we have been in touch with them for some time now and called them from the trail near Mammoth Pass. Diane had already helped out our Kiwi friends and she said "the trail magic was about to start!" We tried to ramp it up to Pancake speed but the snow wouldn't cooperate. It was that slippery, slimey stuff that we hate so much.
On the way down we ran into Fly By. He said Wrangler was not far behind him - Wrangler, our old PCT friend was here in the woods somewhere.
Every now and then we would shout out "Wrangler" just in case he was off the trail and yet could hear us.
At about 4:30, the four of us stumbled in at Horseshoe Lake. There was a road and dry land and even a restroom. We saw some day hikers off in the distance heading for the cars.
Someone shouted out "Jack, Barbara"! It was Bobby. They were there, with the Kiwis, looking for us. Barb was waving her trekking poles, shouting Wooo-Hooo.
Talk about a fast connection. They knew about Two Hats and Bookworm. They went to the Post Office before it closed and got their boxes for them. They brought two cars so we could all fit in and before we knew it, we were on our way to the town.
At the road intersection we saw Wrangler trying to hitch up to the trail head. "Stop the Car!" We jumped out. "Wrangler, old buddy, so great to see you again". We talked briefly. He was going back in and attempting to get through more of the Sierra on up to Tuolumne Meadows.
Bobby dropped Two Hats and Bookworm off at the Motel 6. Standing on a balcony at the motel was Sue, the Canadian girl who is also a great acquaintance of ours. We had not seen her since the Best Western at Cajon Summit. We would have lunch together tomorrow and get caught up. Then we were off again and next stop was the condo, near Canyon ski lodge.
Their condo is co-owned with another great couple, Pat and Crystal. All four of them found a way to get some time off so we could all spend some time together.
We can't say enough about how kind, helpful and generous these people have been to us. They have prepared some absolutely wonderful meals, loaned us a car to get around town in, retrieved our packages from the post office, provided computers for journaling, and they even sleep in the living room and gave the four of us the bedroom. To say the least, it has been one great big fun party scene here for the last three days (this is written in the future). Had an awesome breakfast today and tomorrow morning (HA). Triple cheese omelet casserole and Scrambled souffle with asparagus. Champagne Mimosas, Pizza, burgers, beer, chips, salsa, so much good food here.
But the sad news is that Boo Boo is out. Kaput. The PCT as it is has worn her out. She has multiple injuries, the worst of which is a very painful back. It could have developed from carrying the extra food load or perhaps from all the twisting, turning, and falling in the snow. Our thoughts to be posted tomorrow.
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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