Saturday, July 28, 2012
Yes people, that's 7000 calories per day.
A lot of you have told me that you are interested in the idea of trail angels. I am catching up on the internets, and found this interesting article in the Ashland, Oregon paper, which has a weekly series on the PCT.
We have really appreciated the help of all the trail angels we have met along the way, including all the people who have given us food - on and off the trail.
S. LAKE TAHOE RECAP
In particular, we want to thank our friends Sarah D., Natalya E. and John O., who were total troopers last week when they drove up from SF to meet us for our zero day in South Lake Tahoe. Instead of a calm, relaxing weekend at the lake, they got an insane day of errands and shopping. Thank you guys for driving us around, helping us shop (including going to 3 stores to find a cute new hiking outfit for my new skinny hiker body), and cooking us delicious food (that lasagna was delicious, Sarah!)
We also want to thank our friends Adam and Eric, who provided the accommodations for all of us - we stayed Tahoe house. It was great to stay at the same house where we've come to ski many, many times in the last few years. This was as close to home as we get on this trip, both in distance and in sentiment, and we did manage to relax by Fallen Leaf Lake at the end of our crazy zero day, in addition to buying and mailing ahead food for a total of 14 days. Plus, our friends got to see thru-hiker resupply planning in action - crazy!
After leaving Tahoe, we decided to add one more mail resupply for Northern California. We are going to Drakesbad Ranch!!!! Check it out: http://www.drakesbad.com/
I, for one, am very excited about my first planned zero day ON THE TRAIL, at a place I've dreamed of visiting for a few years now. We have found resupplies in town to be stressful as we have to run around and buy lots of food instead of relaxing and staying off our feet. Drakesband is a fancy resort that's located within the boundaries of Lassen National Park, with a hot springs, pool, a massage therapist (!!!!) , and delicious meals for guests (at 50% discount to PCT hikers) all on site. Added bonus: no shopping needed. A little bit of stress yesterday to buy and send out this mail drop means we can relax and enjoy our time at Drakesbad, where we hope to be in about a week or so.
NEXT MAILING ADDRESS:
We plan to be in Ashland on or after 8/22, which is our first Oregon stop, and we plan to take a zero day there! If you'd like to send us a postcard, a letter or a package, here is the mailing address:
7100 Old Highway 99 South
Ashland, OR 97520
This place is on our way into Ashland itself, from where we will buy and mail ourselves food for the rest of Oregon (probably 5 resupply packages!). If you send us snail mail, as always, please be sure to email us to let us know ahead of time, so we know to look for it once we get to Callahan's.
Thank you again if you've either sent us or plan to send us packages. Current craves: Trader Joe's anything, especially their dried bananas and toasted pine nuts; salmon or tuna packed in OIL (not water!) in foil pouches; dehydrated salsa from KillerSalsa (we tried this in S Lake Tahoe), lower-sodium, high-protein dehydrated meals for dinner, and non-peanut butter sources of protein for lunch that mail well, such as almond/hazelnut butter and powdered hummus. And, as always, dark chocolate.
We're out of the high mountains now. We went over 8000 feet for the last time on the whole PCT yesterday. We're expecting hotter weather for the rest of California, which should take less than a month. The air at 4000 feet feels positively chewy (the last time the trail went this low was in the desert, though our resupply in Independence was as well.
We're starting to do bigger mileage days. We keep falling just short of 25 but will start doing those too. Marina's feet are feeling better but I'm having some hopefully minor knee problems (in the previously uninjured knee, surprisingly) so I'll keep an eye on that. We took a half day off in town yesterday, which helped.
We're camping in the back yard of the Red Moose Inn, a little establishment that mainly caters to hikers. There's a bigger crowd of PCT hikers here than we've seen in a long while -- maybe about 15. We need to finish our laundry and eat breakfast and then hopefully a pretty early start this morning before it gets hot.
The trail continues to be pretty and we're having fun. On to the halfway point (in a week and a bit) and then Oregon!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Daniel Eisenbud and Marina Brevdo
c/o Lake of the Sky Outfitters
1023 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Also please write "Hold for PCT Hikers, ETA 7/20" somewhere prominent on the mail.
Thanks to all who have sent us care packages so far!