12 May 2021
Zero in Lone Pine
No PCT Miles hiked!
By the time I got to the Dow Villa hotel last night, Lone Pine had already rolled up its sidewalks. The pizza place was closing, so I got some MEHxican food.
I grabbed some beer from the store and headed back to the hotel to unwrap the package Half Cookie sent me.
This was all prelude to the best part of a Lone Pine zero: breakfast and lunch at the Alabama Hills Cafe.
I did laundry and bought a new pillow to replace my old one which still has a leak I can’t quite fix.
After resupplying in the store I met Breeze and Paul for lunch back at the cafe and had a beautiful fried chicken Cobb salad. Afterward we talked to a couple of hikers who have already been through the first bit of the Sierra. It sounds like it won’t be too difficult!
Breeze and Paul were waiting for a 5pm bus to Mammoth where they plan to rest for a few days, so I offered for them to hang out with me in my hotel. I was happy to make use of the “deluxe” room I had to book because the others were all taken.
Then I ran some last minute errands and called Half Cookie. We wanted to FaceTime, but both the WiFi and the wireless here have been quite slow, so we just did a regular call.
A weak storm is supposed to hit the Sierra this weekend with some light snow, so I think I will probably skip Whitney (I’ve done it before) and try to get to Onion Valley by Saturday afternoon. We’ll see. I’m taking more clothes and an extra day of food just in case.
Alabama Hills Cafe
Dreams of Lone Pine’s special place
For a tasty meal