Miles 1156-1163 (7 miles)
Oh my gosh, Tom made us an AMAZING breakfast. He made us scrambled eggs and sausage. Then he made us homemade sourdough blueberry pancakes. Oh man it was yumballs! He drove us to the trail afterwards. THANKS TOM!!! <3 he is definitely one of the most fascinating trail angels I've met. Wish I coulda just hung around all day with him. Ah well. Time to put in miles. Or so we thought. Lol!
Near the trailhead, there is Donner Ski Ranch. They have a bar/cafe there at the ski lodge that they opened up in the summer, and they give PCT hikers beer. I heard about this and Tom confirmed it, so naturally we went there. We ended up staying for almost 4 hours. Oops. Lol. The bartender was really cool. She also runs the kitchen and the whole place, singlehandedly. They had one of those margarita machines, and I had li hing mui powder, so I introduced Kyle to the epicness of a li hing mui margarita. Whoop whoop! :) the bartender lived in Hawaii for a while so she knew exactly what I was doing. Lol.
We didn't get on trail til after 4. Lol. Oops. :) hence we only did 7 miles. gosh it was a pretty hike. We went to this random cabin called the Peter Grubb hut. It's such a badass cabin!! Owned and built by the Sierra club. I took pics of it. There's actually electricity in there (just lights), powered by a solar panel. There are 2 wood burning stoves too. It's a huge cabin! There are 2 rooms in there and a loft upstairs. That's where the ladder goes. There's also an outhouse.
We were there with Sam (G) and I forgot the other guy's name. They are super cool. It was a fun evening. This cabin would have been an epic place the night of the thunderstorm. Lol :)