Horrible and Terrible are two wonderful hikers who got so vortexed in Bishop, they ended up running the Bishop Hostel for a while. Sadly, they subsequently lost their hiking mojo and are getting off the trail.
Before they leave, they want to give us some magic and offer to slack pack Chris, Sara, Waterbug and me for 10 miles. Slack packing is that marvelous opportunity to have someone with a car take your pack and drive to meet you down the trail. No pack = heaven.
I have new shoes and plenty of water. It’s a wickedly hot climb out of Sierra City, so I’m extra happy to be free of my burden. All I can think is how much I love hiking (it’s just carrying the pack that I’m less into). When we reconnoiter with Horrible and Terrible, more awesomeness! They have hotdogs, beer and chips waiting for us. Kimchi and Far Out are with them. We spread out our hiker living room and take it easy laughing and telling stories. This hiking thing is not so bad.