Date: 22 May 2018 08:55PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 789.1
Today's Miles: 6.5
Total Miles: 789.1
What a cool place the Hostel California was. Slept incredibly well, woke early, rested, and ready to go.
Ate the breakfast I purchased at the grocery store last night and headed over to the laundromat as they opened. Did a quick load of laundry, hung the clothes to line dry, packed up all of my things.
Left my stuff at the hostel and walked over to one of the local gear stores to see about a replacement sleeping pad. Bought a new pad, grabbed a cup of coffee, headed back to the hostel. Called the company who's pad failed on me and since it was a known problem they allowed me to send them pictures of the destroyed pad in order to get a refund.
Shared my dinner leftovers with a hiker and finished them off. Met a two super cool hikers in the living room lounge as I was packing up my things - it's nice to meet people every once in awhile.
Walked the mile to the bus stop by the grocery store. Grabbed something to drink and a snack for later before getting change for the bus.
Bus ride back to Independence was a long and wandering affair, but I didn't mind since I had nowhere to be.
Back in Independence I grabbed my resupply box from the post office as well as a replacement solar panel for the malfunctioning one that I'm carrying. After going through my pack and box I realized I had a little extra food as well as some summer-type gear (bug netting and bug cream) that I probably won't need, so I sent that home.
Grabbed another drink from a gas station and began to walk far enough out of town up the road back to the trail so that any cars I encountered would most likely be heading up to the trail.
Only one car showed up over an hour, and it happened to be a hiker's mother and father with a few hikers. The hikers were taking a few days off and were staying at a campsite in between town and the trailhead. They graciously offered to drive me to the trail head, which I gladly accepted.
Dropped off in the rain around 1630, it was raining pretty hard and I thought about just staying there at the trailhead for the night. My brain got the better of me and instead I threw on my rain jacket and started hiking back up kearsarge pass.
Managed to get up and over the pass before dark, almost making it the entire way back to the PCT. Still a bunch of snow on this side of the mountains, but luckily I found a recently used tenting spot under a tree that had little snow and a perfectly sized outline of dirt for my tent. The spot is a bit higher than I'd like being above 11,000 feet, but it'll do.
Successful jaunt in and out of town. Good rest, good resupply.