Until this morning, we hadn’t given a lot of thought about how we were going to get back to the trail. Eventually, though, we decided we could walk to a nearby gas station and try to get a ride from there. Still, that seemed iffy.
Then we saw Captain, Gilligan, MJ and Rainbow Sherbet walking our way. They said they had called a shuttle driver named Ron, who was going to drive them to the trail for a small fee.
When Ron arrived we asked him if he would come back and take us to the trail. He said yes.
With that problem settled and now some time to kill, I decided to walk to Higher Grounds Coffee for some breakfast. As I waited in line to order, I listened to a harpist and a drummer play in the corner of the restaurant. That was definitely a unique musical combo.
After picking up my order I walked back to Nomad Ventures, the outfitter store we had visited yesterday. They weren’t open this early, but I wanted to see if they kept their hiker box outside all the time.
I realized as I was packing this morning that the stuff sack for my tent was falling apart. I couldn’t buy one before I returned to the trail because the store wouldn’t open for a few more hours. I hoped to find one in the hiker box, which I noticed was outside yesterday. Unfortunately, it was not today.
Then I walked to the cabin where the other tramily members had stayed so I could say goodbye to Falls and Spamalot. While there I mentioned my attempt to get a stuff sack. Falls offered to pick up one for me before they left town.
That was not only nice of Falls to make that offer, it confirmed they were planning to meet up with us.
Falls and Spamalot planned to stay in Idyllwild a couple more days, then they will try to get a shuttle to the other side of the San Jacinto Mountains. From there they should be able to catch us coming down from Fuller Ridge.