Pacific Crest Trail Pacific Crest Trail - 2018

Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 74: A Thickshake Is a Proper Milkshake

Monday, August 13, 2018 – 2.80 miles


When I walked the remaining few miles to the trailhead today, I found a trail angel dropping off coolers and a few hikers hanging around. I accepted the trail angel’s offer of a ride into Trout Lake, during which he provided a thorough description of its services as well as information about the surrounding area. The big industry here is organic dairy, and there’s a creamery that ages cheese in lava tube(s) as was traditionally done. I want to see!

I was lucky and got the last room at the general store. It’s a fantastic deal – $25 for a room with a private or shared bathroom. I got the private, which also opened into the laundry. The hiker packages are stored in the store and you search for them yourself. The trail angel found my resupply package, but neither of us could find the package with the zipper lubricant I had ordered from Amazon. I tried the post office, but the employee there told me to look around the store again. It was a productive visit anyway since I had to forward a resupply package to the post office at Snoqualmie Pass – I had to bounce it from Bend through Trout Lake since post offices only hold your packages for 30 days. The employee said something about giving me a new tracking number since otherwise packages can bounce around, and I mentioned encountering a couple with that problem. When she asked whether they were French, I realized that she was the postal worker who Charlotte and Kevin had been arguing with. It’s a small trail.

Returning to the store, I discovered after much searching that my Amazon package was an Amazon envelope and had fallen behind the metal rack where the packages were stacked. I went to socialize with the other hikers in the outdoors hiker area, which has picnic benches and outlets for charging. Hikers can also camp on the lawn for free (the actual campground is $18, no tent limit). I was happy to reunite with Floater, who was offering hikers chunks of a huge watermelon he had bought. A few of the hikers were hardcore ultralighters – one mentioned being happy to have acquired a frameless pack because he could put it in the washer, since sweat and dirt buildup probably adds weight – and they were discussing ponchos that convert into tarps, which one hiker had and the other either had or was going to buy. The second guy was wary about its weatherproofness in a storm and said he might sleep with his feet sticking out beneath an emergency blanket to give his upper body more cover. Will it really be okay in Washington…

I ate supper at the cafe with a SOBO hiker named Laura. Earlier I had the breakfast burrito, which was just okay, and a huckleberry milkshake, which was delicious. Laura is Australian and noted that the milkshakes were like thickshakes. That’s what they’re supposed to be like! Australia has it wrong, dammit! For supper I had a cheeseburger + side salad and would recommend it. I’ll balance out my comment about Australian milkshakes by noting that their burgers are amazing. They include fillings like beet and fried egg.

Upon returning to my room I finally had a shower. Sometimes I feel like a failure as a human being…

By Krista/Bane

Thru-hiker, LASHer and packrafter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Enjoys walking slowly, seeking out ice cream whenever possible, and just generally being uninspirational.

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