Lost and Found
This morning I ordered “The Mess” at a trendy breakfast cafe in Big Bear City – which turned out to be a heaping plate of eggs, hash browns, meaty stuff, veggies, and just about everything else a hungry hiker could ever wish for.
Then Brian and I managed to hitch a ride to the post office, where we retrieved resupply packages and had our photos taken for a big PCT board on the wall, and finally headed back to the trail, putting in 13 miles despite a 12:30 start and full stomachs. Best of all, though, we ran into Adam, who I camped with three nights last week. He had discovered my lost umbrella near Mt. San Jacinto and handed it over, saying “I’m glad I finally caught you. I’ve been carrying this thing for the last three days!”
Tonight I’m camped with Brian and two other hikers, Toby and Natalie, on a ridge overlooking Big Bear Lake. It’s about 33 degrees, but nice to have some company up here.
Wow! Things just keep getting better and better. Who would believe that your umbrella would catch up to you? Especially since you were off trail for a few hours. You could have passed each other unknowingly, like Evangeline. I hope you won’t need your umbrella for rain, but it will be nice for the sunshine.
33 degrees, huh? I bet it seems like the tropics compared to Antarctica! Well, at least you have your umbrella back…small world!
There’s a Hairy Woodpecker pair feeding young in a hole … it’s on the right side of the trail as the rail skirts a slope on the right just after you leave Grassy Hollow picnic tables.