Day 22: ~260 to big bear hostel!

12 May 2013

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Sunrise Sunrise[/caption]

We woke up early this morning, with big plans to nero into town in time for breakfast.

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Waking up Waking up[/caption]

Probably one of our earliest hiking starts yet! And I was the first person awake, so here’s a picture of luke sleeping for a change!

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Trail signs Trail signs[/caption]

More signs from our walk today. This is a new design that I haven’t noticed anywhere else.

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Joshua Trees! Joshua Trees![/caption]

We saw some of our first Joshua trees today. Signs that the desert is changing!

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Breakfast Dessert Breakfast Dessert[/caption]

We totally made it in time for breakfast. Really couldn’t have timed it better if we had planned it–got to the trailhead not ten minutes before the hostel owner can by in his huge station wagon dropping off a crew of eight or so hikers heading back out to the trail!

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Welcome to Big Bear! Welcome to Big Bear![/caption]

One of the signs in town, which is under lots of renovation right now. Sidewalks and roads in the ‘village’ area all torn out and being replaced.. We overheard a conversation among locals about how they’re trying to make it look like ‘aspen’ .. They weren’t so into it, saying big bear is big bear! Some people like that!

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Hanging out at the hostel Hanging out at the hostel[/caption]

Spent most of the morning shopping for pur resupply (and getting stuck on a thirty minute bus ride that only saved us a mile and a half of walking), and then got back to the hostel where we enjoyed chatting with other hikers, calling our moms (happy mother’s day!), and waiting in line for the one computer – sorry didn’t get much blogging done there, we are on a mission to order a new sleeping bag.

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Dinner #1 at the Himalayan Restaurant Dinner #1 at the Himalayan Restaurant[/caption]

Our very best trail meal so far was at this Himalayan restaurant. Spicy, delicious, fresh veggies and cheese curries plus tandoori chicken & lamb. Amazingly we still had room later for dinner #2 with aloha - super tasty chicken wings and a surprisingly excellent beer selection at the little sports bar next to the hostel.

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Fire at the hostel Fire at the hostel[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”500”]Fire at the hostel Fire at the hostel[/caption]

We came back afterwards and managed a little conversation around the fire before totally crashing. Hiker midnight comes a lot earlier for us than some of these kids out here fresh out of college (or high school!)

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