Woke up to the sounds and smells of cooking downstairs. Sandy created a delicious breakfast, organic farm eggs, thick bacon, homemade bread and fresh squeezed orange juice. We ate on the back deck with the sun shining and in full view of the lake. It was hard to get up and leave the table. The food, the company, the atmosphere was perfect.
Packed up and brought everything downstairs, Stephanie drove me to the store a couple of miles down the road and promised to bring me to the next put-in if I did not hear from Beth and Ed soon. They called while I was picking up some supplies and told me they were just an hour or so away. Beth had already made a reservation at The Town and Lake Hotel right on the water. Looks like I will be taking the day off. That worked out well since Sparky was already resting on the hotel’s beach. Bought some wine, fruit, cheese and crackers in anticipation of their arrival. Stephanie dropped me off and we said our goodbyes.
The Hotel was nice, we had two rooms, one with a kitchen. Both looked out over the Lake, another lovely scene. They pulled up just after noon and were a sight for sore eyes. I was really happy to see them, glad they were willing to spend precious “vacation time” helping me along my way. Beth brought a few things I requested and would be taking away a few things as well. The most important thing they carried was prescription medicine, Synthroid, for my underactive thyroid. I was just about out. Other items included another bag for my tent stakes, the bottom had a hole in it, (I had repaired it with a big needle and dental floss but that fix was wearing thin), another propane tank, (which I didn’t need) and the rest of my freeze-dried vegetables, (which I didn’t like but might need) They would be taking away my camera battery charger, extra battery, monopod, Maps 1 through 8, old cell phone. Decided to keep the long lens. http://www.rangeleytownandlake.com/
Went out to dinner in a restaurant in town, some funky old building with lots of history, the specifics of which I cannot remember. Went back to the hotel, Beth and I uncorked the wine and went out to star-gaze on the little grassy hill behind our rooms. Ed watched a ballgame but came out to help us marvel at the twinkling spectacle when the action lagged. It was a beautiful night, a perfect evening. I realize tonight that I have hardly taken the time this entire trip to look up at the stars. Most nights I am asleep before full darkness. Tonight I vow to take the time to look up into the inky blackness while out in the forest. Good night.