After grabbing another latte in the morning (and, yes, another slice of vegan banana bread), we got a ride from a trail angel Waist Deep knew to the Paradise Valley Cafe, just a mile off the trail where we had gotten off on Highway 74. There, I got a delicious vegan burger and fries.
I love you too, trail!
We could have walked the mile back to the trail but decided to try and hitch back the mile. We were able to get a ride pretty quickly. 1 whole off-trail mile saved!
The last time I'd be getting back on trail after a zero
I didn't get a whole lot of miles in that day because of the late start, but it was a very nice day with not a lot of elevation gain. The weather was wonderful, and I was happy to see there wasn't any snow on the ground, even though it had snowed all day the day prior.
Some beautiful weather after the storm
I ran into an interesting sitting area on the trail, with a sign welcoming SOBOs and a small library and trail register. And some cardboard cutouts of some famous guys too, for some reason.
I felt quite welcomed
I camped alone that night, and woke up to a ton of condensation on everything. My sleeping bag and tent were soaked. It's never fun to wake up like that, but luckily, it was a sunny day. I don't usually stop for lunch (I just eat while I walk), but I decided to take a break on a nice ledge midday and take a lunch break while I aired out all of my stuff.
Yes, I was going to miss this
I camped alone again that night, about a mile from Warner Springs, which was going to be my last resupply. I woke up early the next morning to get to Warner Springs and pick up my package at the post office.
Early start to the morning
When I got there, I found Waist Deep, Ctrl+Z, and Katie all camped out next to the community center. Waist Deep and I left while Ctrl+Z and Katie were taking down camp, and we walked the mile or so to the post office on a trail behind the community center. When we got there, we were surprised to find Ctrl+Z and Katie already there, because they had gotten a hitch.
We got breakfast at the grill (my last trail town meal!), then a hitch back to the community center. The community center is a great space for hikers, with tons of outlets everywhere, a lot of space to lay out all of your stuff and figure out resupply, and even a small section where they sell a few resupply items.
A cool map in front of the community center
I ended up hanging out at the community center for 4 hours or something charging up my stuff, repacking my bag, and talking to Patrice, the woman who runs it. I've got to say, I wasn't all that motivated to walk anymore! But at this point I was 110 miles from the end, and I knew that was just a few days now.