Hostels: 2 in a row!
Mountain Harbor. I think that’s the name of it. At mile 393. Anyway my stay there was awesome. Very pet friendly. They usually serve only breakfast, but I lucked out the night I was there, they had an incredible dinner as well. Homemade pulled pork and barbecued chicken. Plus all the fixings. I would buy their legendary incredible hiker breakfast the next morning. Since I can’t go into a restaurant with a dog, it was the first time I was able to have a real hot breakfast since starting in early March. They served everything: eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage, fruit, homemade pastries, etc. that meant I got in later than usual start and was stuffed. So I hiked slowly afterward.
Vango Solar Hostel. I still made it to 12 miles to the next hostel – mile 405. This place is much more bare-bones but has a very friendly feel. There is some limited food, and I was able to have a real treat: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And I have a little shed that I only have this share with one other person. Rather than sleeping in the big bunkhouse. Scotty, who runs the place, thought that would be better with the dog.
Socks. As you can see from the photo, my darn tough socks did not live up to their lifetime guarantee. But darn tough has promised to send me another pair. So they are honoring the warranty.
Forest Fire. Tomorrow there will be a detour due to the forest fire. I’ve been hearing lots of rumors, but don’t know what the actual detour is and how much distance it will add to the hike. We will all find out when we hike up the road and meet with the forest service representative.
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