PCT Day 9... Zero Day

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Today was the first zero day of my trek. A zero-day is simply where you hike zero miles. I began this morning by going to a local diner called the Red Kettle - a great little place. I was early enough to eat with the local crowd. By the time I was finishing up, the place was full of tourists.

After breakfast, I ran to the pharmacy to get an ankle and knee brace.  From there, I walked to the grocery store to buy food for the next four days. Around 11, I found myself in the local coffee shop, so I recharged my batteries while playing cards with some of the other hikers. The coffee shop was super friendly and let us stay for 3 hours. It was good to be out of the rain and the cold.

At 3:00, we all walked to the movies and watched Aladdin. I enjoyed it. It was different enough from the original Aladdin movie to be a good remake. As I was headed back to my tent, I ran into Rene again. She had hiked into town late last night.  We talked for a bit, and it turns out she is on the trail for one more day until she moves on to her next summer adventure.

Oliver and I ate dinner under the covered sidewalks in town to keep out of the rain. He had a can of beans and shared a can of peaches for dessert. I had some fruit and chicken that I got from the deli.

Overall an excellent zero-day as it was very cold and rainy.  I was happy that I did not have to spend it at higher elevations, where the weather was much worse.

Zero Day in Idyllwild

Location: Latitude: 33.74987; Longitude: -116.71523

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