PCT Day 70: Beach Runs, Tacos, and Naps 

​June 19, 2017 

South Lake Tahoe 

Yet another relaxing day in South Lake Tahoe. Laid in bed for a while, went to the kitchen to get cereal, then headed over to Starbucks to get some caffeine. I was incredibly tired yesterday and realized it was probably due to the fact that I didn’t drink any coffee all day… Guess the addiction is back, whoops. 

At Starbucks, we got to video chat with Cougar and Dr. McDirty, and started discussing plans for our return to the trail. It sounds like they’ll be in Tahoe later this week, and we may just wait here for them instead of trying to get over to San Francisco. Our tentative date for getting back on trail is next Monday, exactly a week from today, and our hope is to get back on from right here in Tahoe, but we’ll play it by ear as the week goes on. It does feel good to have some sort of plan. 

When we got back from Starbucks, we decided to go for a run to the beach and back. We’re trying to keep at least somewhat active here, so we don’t go completely insane. It felt super weird to be running again after over 2 months, but my body eventually got back into the rhythm of it and it felt super good. The beach was lovely, and much less crowded now that the weekend was over. We stopped for a swim in the lake once we reached the beach, and the water was cold but felt sooo good. Swimming in a lake with a view of snow-capped mountains across the water was a pretty cool feeling. The run was about 8k in total, which isn’t bad for someone who hasn’t run in a couple months (and someone who recently recovered from pulmonary edema…). I know we’re in good shape from all the hiking, but running really is an entirely different beast. 

We were starving when we got back, so we wandered down the street to this little outdoor taco shop to get food. The tacos were sssoooo good. When we got back to the room, we passed out hard for a couple of hours, exhausted from the run. Getting back on trail will definitely be interesting. I realized this evening that the last day I did any hiking was exactly a week ago, and we still have another week ahead of us. It’ll definitely take a few days to get our trail legs back under us. 

This evening, we made a pizza for dinner, did some laundry and watched another movie. Another crazy night here in South Lake Tahoe. 

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