Day 152 – Wenatchee

Zero Miles

Unless I turn on the Disney channel, I see no sign of a mouse which it turns out I am okay with. Kevin sleeps as I head for the standard cheap hotel breakfast of bad coffee and make your own waffles. We have a list of chores to do, not the least of which is drying our washed and partially dried down bags. We walk to a tiny hotel laundry and dry the bags with a shoe to break up the matted down. The shoe keeps knocking the door open and stopping the dryer.

All You Can Stand Buffet

All You Can Stand Buffet

After sorting, drying and cleaning gear we grab some tacos and wait for the bus back to Walmart. People who ride the bus are often the same people who shop Walmart and with our scraggly beards and tired worn clothes, we fit right in. We grab some Ibuprofen, non-cotton gloves and food for tomorrow’s trip back to the trail. We strike out on cheap fleece for the pending cold snow.

I continue to check trail conditions and weather and it is not good. Some forecasts are now putting the snow fall at up to 6 inches at the higher elevations. Later in the week looks better. PCTA Facebook posts of National Weather Service warnings are asking people to delay if possible. I contact the Lady Of The Lake ferry service and even though I have already paid via credit card I can push out my reservation. We decide to stay one more night in Wenatchee then take the ferry on Thursday to eliminate at least one of the nights of snow.

China Foreign (to me) Policy

China Foreign (to me) Policy

For dinner we hit the All-You-Can-Stand-To-Eat Chinese buffet where quantity does not make up for quality. Making it even more interesting they have a policy that if you don’t clean your plate they weigh the waste and charge you extra. So the worse their food is the more money they can make and believe me they are working very hard to maximize shareholder value. When I asked the Chinese waiter about this policy, he was unable to read either the English statement or the Spanish translation¬†and simply smiled instead.

I did some internet research on the Snoqualmie Search and Rescue we witnessed on August 28 and found out that a horse and rider tumbled 100 feet from the PCT, rolled several times but luckily both were eventually rescued unharmed. Over 65 people were involved in the rescue.

Tomorrow we have a few chores, the most important of which is figuring out how to kill another day in Wenatchee.