I had one of the best zero days on the entire trail here in Stehekin. It is a magical place, and it was filled with love and trail friends. I enjoyed hanging out with everyone while we prepared (mostly mentally) for the LAST leg of the trail. We are all so excited that we only have 4 more hiking days left, but also a little sad that it will all be over soon. We all absolutely LOVE this trail, and have been experiencing amazing things.
The first night, I ate dinner with Skip, Astrid and Israh, and shared a hotel room with Skip, because, Stehekin is NOT cheap. Since it is so remote (you can only get there by foot, seaplane or boat on Lake Chelan) they charge up the butt for services. And they do not have phones or television. But, it was a really nice room with a view of the lake! The next day, we all only had mainly one thing on the priority list: EAT AT THE INFAMOUS STEHEKIN BAKERY!! So, we got on the 8am bus and headed down to the bakery. It was so cute! Very big, and cozy. We enjoyed some great coffee, chatting with locals, and noshing on the best baked goods I have ever eaten. I ate a chocolate coffee cake (the best), a sticky bun, AND a breakfast quiche. Definitely filled me up. Then I bought some lunch items to take back to the room. After the bakery visit, we walked over the town garden/organic farm, where we toured the beautiful fresh growing produce and flowers, and then bought some goat’s milk lassi, plums, and peaches. SO GOOD!!
The rest of the day was filled with good ole fashion relaxation, mainly in the recreation room of the hotel. We watched movies, surfed the internet, and chatted until it was time for dinner again at the Stehekin Landing Lodge restaurant. It ended up being a HUGE dinner party, as other hikers were just arriving into town. I think there were 20 ppl at the table. We had a grand time, and made LOTS of toasts to the last leg of the trail.
Leaving Stehekin: We all had to wait to retreive our resupply packages from the post office at 10 am, so we didnt get on the bus back to the trail until 1115 am. But it was all fine, and we even got one last stop at the bakery before departing. It was only cloudy out, and not raining yet, so everyone was pretty stoked. As we got on the trail, I was in the lead, and then Skip, Astrid and Israh, and about 6 others. I never saw anyone but Skip that night. We hiked from 1230 pm to 530 pm, and got 15 miles in. We camped at one of the last backcountry camps of the park (NCNP), Fireweed Camp. When we arrived there was a large school group already camping there. They warmly welcomed us in, and even invited us to eat dinner with them! Trail magic yet again! It was delicious (Rice, beans, cheese, salsa, tortillas). They said they had way to much and that they needed extra mouths to feed. Just as we were finishing up eating it began to rain lightly. End of day 1! Woo hoo! Pretty much dry!