Big Bear, Big Beers, Big Breakfasts, Big Pine Cones – Days 16-18
Mileage: 251.0 – 266.1
Today is TOWN DAY! Woke up at 4:30 am and were hiking by 5:02. Instead of watching the morning cartoons and eating a bowl of cereal we watched the sun rise over San Gorgonio while drinking our breakfast shake.
For those of you who aren’t out hiking or haven’t hiked, town day is a lot like vacation… lots of anticipation and what seems like a lot of waiting no matter how long the trip. (we had one three days ago but they’re always fun) It’s very tempting to check the GPS to find out how much time you have left. Our way around this… GAME OF THRONES AUDIO BOOK!!! (insert theme music) Things only got more interesting from here. We were crushing miles whilst hearing the tales of Ned Stark, The Wall (not Trumps), and news flash WINTER IS COMING!!! We listened for roughly an hour and a half and holy smoke the miles flew by. We ended up knocking out 15.1 miles before 10am. Funny thing is that we’ve been missing the hiker milestone of 10 miles before 10am almost daily by 10-15 minutes. This is usually due to the fact that we’re chatty Cathy’s and like to chat up anyone we pass. Safe to say we finally checked that box.
We reached our pickup point where the trail crosses 18 outside of Big Bear. We called the famed trail angle Papa Smurf and he was happy to give us a ride to the local Von’s where we could do our resupply. He also recommended that we start at the Dollar Tree and grab lunch afterwards at Maggios.
Maggios is a great place to grab some food off trail. It’s a little Italian pizzeria that has salads, subs (hot or cold), pizza, calzones, and pastas. The portions are awesome and the food is cheap. They even offer a PCT discount. I had the chicken Alfredo and Kelsey had a calzone stuffed with meatball, sausage and pizza sauce…. DELISH!!!
We were stuffed to our gills and our resupply was finished. We then walked into town and checked into our room at the Black Forest Inn. That place is awesome!!! Everything from the room to the people who own it. They gave us plenty of tips on where to eat and even offered to give us a ride back to the trail after checkout. Thanks again guys, our stay was awesome.
We finished our day by snacking around the village of Big Bear Lake. We devoured chips and guacamole at the Mexican place and beers paired with a Bavarian pretzel at the local brewery. We even managed to get to bed at a decent hour.
Mileage: 266.1 – 276.6
Kelsey was wide awake bright and early but let me sleep while she talked to her mom and began working on the blog. After allowing me to sleep a little longer we finished our morning chores and grabbed a quick breakfast.
The owners of our hotel offered to take us to the trailhead at noon and we graciously accepted. They’re awesome people and we’d recommend them over and over again!!
We hiked 3 miles in our first hour before stopping for lunch. We packed out Taco Bell so we were quite excited for our luxurious lunch on trail.
Mid meal we were met by a group of older men section hiking the PCT and their furry companion. She’s the one who forced them to stop hahah. She laid down next to us in the shade telling her owners that she needed a break. Cody shared his water with her while we chatted with the group swapping stories.
Later in the afternoon we bumped into two girls who told us that numerous other groups had given us trail nicknames. We’re being referred to as Speedy 1 & Speedy 2 and REI Power Couple. We find both pretty funny but haven’t decided on a permanent one. The girls were very friendly and fun to talk to. We looking forward to seeing them again.
Mileage 276.6 – 301.3
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