PCT mile 1736
After staying up way too late last night, I had another lazy morning. It was nice being able to sleep in again. After packing up and checking out of the room. Sanford (aka Adam) and I had breakfast in the lodge. We both opted for the hikers breakfast: all you can eat pancakes, with bacon and eggs.
Hiker's breakfast-I ordered mine with the housemade four berry compote and whip cream.
Shortly after ordering, Guy on a Buffalo showed up, and joined us for coffee. I devoured my breakfast which was delicious, the berries and whip cream really topped it off! I declined the temptation of ordering a second round of pancakes, but Sanford was game for a little gluttony this morning. He made it through 4 rounds of pancakes (12 pancakes)!!! Pretty impressive.
After that we went up to the hiker's lounge and just hung out for a bit. By the time all 4 of us (Buffalo, Hornsby, Sanford, and myself) were ready to hit the trail, it was after 3pm. Mile marker 1738 was the goal for the evening.
About 6 miles in I ran into a family of 4 parents and 6 kids ranging from 4 to 14 years old. One of the dad's asked if I was a thru-hiker, I told them I was. The kids were wide eyed with all kinds of questions and extremely interested what I was doing. We hiked together for about a quarter of a mile until the PCT turned off the trail they were hiking.
Not a mile done the trail I found Buffalo and some trail magic. A sign taped to the tree "Free wine and beer." I joined Buffalo and the 2 brothers who were camping for the night and day hiking a section of the PCT. Hornsby eventually rolled in behind us. One of the brothers owns his own winery near Corvalis, OR, the boys indulged in some wine and I stuck to water.