Last night we got into camp at 9:30pm, asleep around 10, and up again this morning at 5am. This is not my idea of a good time, however some times sacrifices must be made.
It was a bit of a push, running the last couple miles, but we made it to the trailhead by 3:30pm and proceeded to try to get a hitch about 45 minutes later. While waiting for the hitch, much to my surprise, there was a helicopter in the small parking area, and a few members Forest Service fire crew, distinguishable by their green cargo pants and yellow shirts. Apparently there was a small lightning fire that had been smoldering for about a week and they were sending a crew in to take care of it.
We ended up getting a ride in to town just in time to make it to the PO, 15 minutes before they closed, to get our packages, then went next door for an old fashioned ice cream soda at the pharmacy (unfortunately they were out of chocolate), and then to the brewery for dinner, where we ran into the other hikers in town. The timing of everything worked out perfectly.
After dinner we headed to Alderbrook Manor and their Hiker Hut. The hiker hut was full, but they had rooms in the B&B for a discounted hiker rate, so we opted for that, since the only motel in town had no vacancies.
What a full series of days; 100 miles in 71 hours. Ready for some sleep!
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