Saturday, July 12th... Day 2 Plan: Paradise Lodge to Foster Bar 13ish miles
We woke up Saturday morning with a nice leisurely attitude. We weren't in a big rush to get on the trail and the lodge wasn't serving breakfast until 8am so I don't think we even set alarms. On our way to breakfast we happened upon this pile of loveliness
(spoiler alert) it was the closest we got to a bear... apparently pretty close, but we slept through it.
|Heather's bed was right there by that open window on the bottom...pretty close.|
Breakfast was pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham and orange juice. It was good and I ate too much. I think we all did, so we took our time getting our packs loaded and went on a picture tour of the lodge. The sauna might have been nice in a cooler month...
although, I'm not sure how I would've felt about this guy staring at me while I was getting toasty.
We also found the Fountain of Youth
and the best looking guy on the trail.
Enough dilly dallying though, the day was wasting away and it was time to get back on the trail.
I'm pretty sure that Leslie thought we were insane as she didn't take part, but she was kind enough to get some nice photo documentation of Heather and my obsessiveness.
Day 2 Stats:
12.81 miles (for a total of exactly 40 overall)
2:42:24 total time
12:41 average pace
2,137 feet elevation gain
2,317 feet elevation loss
In summary, it was one of the most amazing adventures I've had to date. I couldn't have asked for better company or better conditions. We were so blessed with the perfect weather, especially on the first day when we had overcast skies. I don't think I would've done anything differently. I was happy with my pack and my clothing and my fueling as well as hydrating. Definitely an adventure worth repeating...or maybe we should go down and back next time... anyone up for an adventure?