The General Store also sells food, but it’s standard frozen burgers from a grill. The food is good, but it’s better at Grumpy Bear’s. Triple Crown Outfitters also sells enough food for a full resupply and at reasonable prices. Grumpy Bear’s has cases of beer for okay prices, and the General Store has a good beer selection for really high prices. The General Store, though, is a bit more of a comfortable place to hangout. Most importantly, Grumpy Bear’s plays music until midnight or so, which makes the General Store a better place to camp.
In a nutshell, there’s no clear winner, and it was necessary to go back and forth between the two. This was awkward because, due to some free food being given away on Saturday night at Grumpy Bear’s, hikers were flocking to Grumpy Bear’s for most of the evening. Rumor is the owner of the General Store went over to Grumpy’s to start some shit and got in a fight with someone. I cannot confirm or not, but on Sunday the owner was sporting a shiner on his right eye.
The whole thing is petty and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s weird to be treated dismissively as a dirty hiker, but simultaneously having your business taken for granted or seen as owed. Here’s what I mean: the prices and service of both places, with the exception of the great outfitters, is pretty poor. Prices are not great. Service is poor. Friendliness and welcoming is probably the lowest of any major stop so far. And yet I get the feeling these places are heavily relying on our business and are doing near the minimum to have us stick around.
If it weren’t for the Sierra being literally the next trail section, I wouldn’t have hung around for as long as I did. That said, I still had an awesome time because of the people. My group is great, most other hikers are great, and I’m psyched to get going soon. Rather than recount all the stuff we did, here are some photos of what we were up to.
Jim and Alana (now PJ and Putts) reading a limerick for their 1st wedding anniversary:
Main Photo: A random broken gas pump in Kennedy Meadows Road on June 22.