We got up early abs felt motivated to move. We had only 12+ miles of hiking and 8+ miles of hitching between us and South Lake Tahoe.
It was a fairly easy walk and I saw several weekend campers scattered around a nearby lake.
I noticed a rather peculiar rock formation.
And a flower unlike any one I've seen yet.
At one point the flowers were as tall as me!
We caught a ride with our friend Katie who had just pulled up to the trailhead with a good friend of hers visiting from out of town.
We were greeted with hugs and root beers and were whisked into town.
I spent the afternoon at the hiker lounge at the most excellent Lake of the Sky Outfitters, and worked on finding a place to stay at the very busy resort town.
Apparently Justin Timberlake was in town for the NBC televised celebrity golf tournament and the cheapest rates were in the $200 range.
And then Mark walked in and saved the day, offering Britt and I a room in his home for the evening.
An avid hiking enthusiast and a very kind and generous soul, Mark showed us around town and treated us to the finest meal I think I've ever had.
I usually don't take pictures of my food but I wanted to see what I was capable of.
I was beaming throughout the meal, so grateful for our new friend and the delicious nourishment that filled my belly.
Thank you so much, Mark!!!
He drove us by the lake on the way home and we called it a night.