Etna to Shelley Meadows – 11 miles (17km) – 1610 miles total
Reunion day. We slept in and lazed about until it was time to go get breakfast. We went to Bob’s Ranch house which was classic American dining. One of these days I’m going to sit at the counter like they do in the movies. As I was eating my blueberry pancakes and strawberry milkshake Silver walked in. A friend I hadn’t seen since the desert and then Arc who I hadn’t seen since Lone Pine, because they had flipped and were now walking south. It was great to catch up with them and we talked a little too long. Before I knew it I had to get back to pack up my stuff and check out.
The hotel was really great. They let us lounge about in the lounge and kitchen until lunch time. Then we grabbed a Gatorade and headed back to the trail.
We are walking through a section that burnt last year, so is all exposed but I still enjoyed it. We got to camp and sat around eating and laughing, mostly at B who has the most ridiculous things happen to her.
Today I am thankful for reunions.