|I start carving up the birthday cake|
Amanda bought for me.
I did get out a bit, however. The next couple of trail towns had no grocery stores, so I decided to shop for food here in Quincy then send it ahead to the next couple of trail towns. So we took a trip to Safeway where I bought food for the next three segments of the trail--from here to Beldon, from Beldon to Old Station, and from Old Station to Dunsmuir. I'd carry what I needed to get to Beldon, mail food to Beldon that would get me through to Old Station, and mail food to Old Station that would get me through to Dunsmuir. Annoyingly, this meant I had to plan out a schedule remarkably far in advance. Not only did I need to plan how much food I would need, but I needed to insure that I'd arrive in Beldon and Old Station on days when the post office would be open! I also looked up their hours of operation to insure I wouldn't arrive too late in the day to pick up the maildrops. It turned out to be an annoying exercise in planning ahead--something I'm not exactly well-known for. =)
Amanda and I went out for lunch to a cafe in downtown Quincy, then went out for dinner to a Mexican restaurant near our hotel.
The only other notable thing to mention was a new electronic device that I would start carrying: an iPod Shuffle. For my birthday, Amanda thought this little device might be something I'd enjoy using on the trail, and it's so small and lightweight, it was hard to say no. I've become quite the gadget geek on the trail. First a cell phone, and now an iPod. So I spent the better part of an hour figuring out how to copy about 500 songs from my laptop onto the little device. I may be the last person in the universe sucked into the World of Apple, but yes, I had finally arrived with an iPod Shuffle.
|I'm working on this blog. (You can tell because I have|
my journal propped up in front of me that I was