Zero at Big Bear Lake
Cost: Big Bear Hostel, $17
Today in a nutshell:
Went for breakfast with Cuban B, Rohan and Alex at Teddy’s, packed up my stuff, charged my electronics, picked up 4 boxes (my resupply, new shoes* and 2 from Howard – thank you!), washed my stove pot, updated my blog, walked to Big 5 with Cuban B and Cool Breeze, bought a mini sawyer (to replace my original one that froze), also bought a new Gatorade bottle and new smart water bottle (my 2 bottles were 17 days old and getting a little gross with all the different carnation breakfast mixes, coffee and electrolyte tablets that I have been mixing in them), went to the park and relaxed in the sun. Came back and moved to a new room with Bugs, went out for dinner with a guy called Paul (who works at the hostel) to The Social (I wanted a salad and all the other hikers were out getting their fill of calories on burgers and fries!). I had a delicious seared tuna salad. Lovely scenic town.
* My new Brooks Cascadia 10s developed small holes after 7 days on the trail so I contacted Brooks and their customer service was terrific, especially considering they have a disclaimer on their website stating that they know Cascadias are popular on the PCT but they are not made for hiking. By Big Bear Lake the holes were ridiculously big but Brooks sent me a one-off free replacement pair. Thank you Brooks and I really hope these new shoes last more than 2 weeks!