Day 82: (7 miles)
mile 1071.67 – 1078.6
On our way to Carson Pass this morning. We are excited because the ranger visitor station has a PCT register and we can see who/where other hikers are on the trail. So off we go and over the pass. A couple of climbs and switchbacks with great views of dark blue lakes. As we descend the last two miles we encountered several day hikers who look so clean and smell so fresh. They are chipper and all smiles as they walk their first mile. We can only wonder what they think of these two dirty smelly hikers. We say hello as we pass and are proud of how we got this way. Hikers refer to this condition as “hiker trash”. We are probably the cleaner hiker trash out here. Some hikers look like they have been on the trail forever and pride themselves on that look too. When we reached the Ranger Station, we are greeted by a wonderful volunteer staff. They are all very cheerful, enthusiastic, and helpful. We sign into the register and look for hikers who we’ve hiked with the past 1,078 miles. We see Gear Slut 5 days ahead, Atlas 7days ahead, Spirit 10 days ahead, Ally and Thayer ( now Alpaca and Yukon)14 days ahead. We won’t catch these guys unless something crazy happens, but it’s nice to know that they’re still on the trail. The volunteer staff served us cake, fresh fruit, and cokes. Awesome! Inside the register we found an envelope addressed to “2moremiles”. A retired friend from CA. State Parks who lives in the area wants us to call him and his wife for some trail angel magic. Carl and Dori offer us a shower, laundry, dinner, and room we can’t refuse! We relax for about an hour until Dori arrives. Dori is an active day hiker in the local area who gives us a run down of the local trails as she drives. She has also done many multi-day trips locally and far outside the area. We share hiking stories as we travel through some amazing country to their home. When we arrive at their house we are afforded our own ” house” complete with laundry and an awesome shower. We do our best to get ourselves and clothes clean, both of which seem exceptionally dusty/dirty. Once presentable and stench free we join Dori and Carl for a wonderful evening complete with a tri-tip dinner and fine wine.
Carl is quite the wine connoisseur and works at a few local wineries come harvest and bottling season. We talk past hiker midnight and then retire to a wonderfully comfortable bed.