On the morning of Day 26 we walked 8.5 miles to the Silverwood Lake picnic area. There Anna’s brother Jim and his wife Cindy gave us big welcoming hugs despite the grime and stink we’d acquired on the trail. Jim and Cindy then drove us to a nice rental house in Big Bear where Anna’s family had planned their annual family vacation. We had a great time relaxing and catching up with everyone.
Jim and Cindy are being wonderfully helpful by shipping us food boxes during our PCT hike. We’d like to give back a bit by sharing a project Jim has been working on for the past year: the Get In Front dance performance in San Francisco. Jim is a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and the June 6 show will feature dancers from 11 top Bay Area dance companies including San Francisco Ballet, LINES Ballet, and ODC/Dance. The evening will be a major fundraiser for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, whose mission is to Get in Front of cancer. You can learn more about this amazing night and buy tickets at getinfront.org.
The timing of our Big Bear break worked out well because Shutterbug’s (Chris’s) feet have grown larger from all the walking we’ve been doing, and his toes were starting to rub. Luckily he found the same model, just half a size larger than his old shoes, and his feet are happy again.
At the vacation house we’ve been eating constantly. Sometimes we will eat two breakfasts or two lunches, and we snack whenever we can. It took us a couple days to finally feel full.
We’ve gone through a physical and mental change during our rest days off the Pacific Crest Trail. Initially we were excited to eat big meals, share our stories, and clean up. But now, on our third zero day, we’re getting antsy to explore, and we miss the calm quiet of the wilderness. It felt good to rest our bodies, though, which are now ache-free and strong. The hot tub didn’t hurt either!
Tomorrow we hit the trail again. We’ll walk the first 13 miles with Joe, Peter, Jim, Cindy, and Alex. Sharing the trail with family should be great fun!
A final note: we’ve improved our Tracking page. To view the page, click the “Tracking” link at the top of the site. Terrain view is now the default, which gives you a better sense of the landscape we are experiencing.