Oh, and I came within 15 feet of a bear searching for food in a log across the trail. I stopped, gave a polite greeting, and he ran off at a leisurely pace. A bit of an anticlimactic experience, but he was a cute little bear.
I arrived at Drakesbad and took advantage of a free shower. I waited with about 9 other hikers for the dinner service to kickoff for hikers, since the resort restaurant prioritized overnight guests with reservations first. We heard about buffet meals, but apparently that was only for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a prix fixe style menu for $17 and I chose the “protein” option, shrimp scampi with quinoa and veggies. I didn’t grab a photo because we finally got our food after an hour and a half of waiting, so it was quickly inhaled. It was pretty good overall–just not filling. I had to eat a couple Pop Tarts at the campsite to tide my stomach over.
While waiting for dinner we all talked about tomorrow’s hike. The elevation gain was minimal compared to the last week. I’ve decided to try to get my first 40-mile day, so we’ll see how that goes.
Main Photo: The view of the main building at Drakesbad Guest Ranch on July 28.