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Mike Gundry
City: Cameron Park
State: Ca
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 2, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 15th, 2018
Start: Manning Park
End: Vancouver Airport
Trip Distance: 2,605.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,676
Journal Visits: 75,999
Guestbook Views: 1,522
Guestbook Entrys: 98

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2, Salty, Nuts

Getting home day 1

As usual I was the first one up and out. I went to the lodge to check out and ran into Viking. I told him of the ride to Vancouver and he said he had secured a ride already. Sweet, that means I’m in the car now. I went to breakfast and was shortly joined by Nuts and 2-Meals. I told them if Viking’s plans and we were all relieved that no one was going to be left behind. Early they had offered to stay behind so I could ride. Just after placing our order Saint Bernard and his friend came in and joined us for breakfast. After breakfast we all loaded up in the spacious car for the 2.5 hour drive. We all talked about our hike and experiences. It turns out that although I didn’t meet Saint Bernard until the bus in Stehekin we knew a lot of the same hikers and we both had been in Etna on the fourth of July. His friend was really nice and we talked about her job as a geologist and traveling the world on different jobs. I think Nuts wants to go back to college to become one. She took us all the way to her apartment building in the city center. Nuts 2-Meals and I thanked them both and hit the streets. First thing is we were hungry so we hit a Mexican food place for burritos. Then an ice cream at Mc Donald’s. After wondering around we were hungry again so it was a couple of slices of pizza each followed by a tour of the Vancouver Costco (2-Meals wanted some pants to replace his ripped shorts) and some taste testing. Off to a local brewery for beers and tacos (are you seeing a common theme here). Then to a Thai restaurant for dinner. Hiker hunger was hitting us hard and we couldn’t scratch that itch. Early, after determining it was cheaper to fly from Vancouver to Sacramento with a connection in Seattle then flying directly from Seattle (I know, go figure) I booked a flight for tomorrow at 06:00. My plan was to just go to the airport and sleep there instead of getting a room and having the stress of leaving there at 3ish to get to the airport by 4:00. 2-Meals had an 8:00 flight so he decided to do the same thing, while Nuts had no plan other than meeting a friend tomorrow so he was just going to join us there until we both left. With that plan we went to a movie and arrived at the airport around 12:30. I was surprised at how many people sleep at the airport before a flight. People had blow up mattresses and sleeping bags, we felt right at home and cowboy camped at the airport.
I wonder how long the hiker hobble is going to last.

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