In the morning, Merkel, Horizon and I had just 8 miles to our destination, our shortest day yet. But we had a lot of switchbacks to do to get down the hillside. As we descended, the temperature started to soar and when we got to Snow Creek by midmorning it was already in the 80s.
One of my former colleagues has a sister who lives right on the trail and she invited us to stay with her for the night. While Tracker (her trail name) and Lance were at work, we relaxed in their beautiful home and had a lovely afternoon. We were so glad to be inside as we watched the thermometer pass 115 degrees. Just walking outside to dry our laundry was painful. But the heat of the day slowly passed and we stayed cool inside.
We became friends with their dog, Penny, pictured below with Merkel. Penny is a very sweet dog. Click on the pictures to see a larger view.
When Lance and Tracker got home, we sat out in the almost cool evening air and chatted for awhile, then took a tour of Snow Creek. We were treated to the most wonderful dinner: homemade lasagna, fresh bread, salad, and brownies for dessert. It was amazing for both the fresh delicious flavors and the hospitality and conversation.
I slept in an actual bed that night, which was a rare treat. Outside I could hear the wind howling, but inside we slept soundly, like we were at home. Thank you for your amazing kindness, Tracker and Lance!! We enjoyed every minute and hope our paths cross again!