Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 120: The Donut Thief!

July 5: Overnight, only five other hikers were at the hostel--four other guys and a girl. Little did I realize, however, that there must have been a huge bubble of people just behind me because starting early in the morning, a lot more hikers began to arrive. By the end of the day, I lost count of the hikers but every bed was full and a large chunk of hikers were directed into the overflow room where they could sleep on the floor. The place was absolutely packed to the gills! Glad I got a bed when it was available, next to a window overlooking the street too! =)

I liked the artwork on the book drop for the library!

For lunch, I headed out to Wendy's and spent three hours there on my laptop working on these blog posts. It was much quieter and with fewer distractions than the hostel!

I had no intention of getting back on the trail today--I had too many blog posts to catch up on for that--but I did intend to get back on the trail tomorrow and therefore needed to resupply. Late in the day, I headed into Price-Choppers to do the resupply run.

While wandering up and down the aisles, an announcement was made on the intercom saying that the bakery was cleaning out and that shoppers could get a bag of donuts and bagels for $1. Hey, awesome! I'll take that deal!

I filled up a bag, then figured maybe the other hikers at the hostel would like donuts too and filled up a second bag... then a third bag.... They wanted to get rid of these donuts, I'd be more than happy to help!

One of the other customers filling up a bag said that the deal might only apply to just one bag, though. One bag? Uhh..... I hadn't gotten that impression from the announcement. Maybe I should check on that?

So I went up to the bakery counter and asked about it, and he said it was one bag per person, although occasionally they've let people take two bags.

I sheepishly admitted that I filled up three so far.... how much would that third one be?

The guys eyes bugged out. Three? He quietly cursed to himself then said, "Okay, I shouldn't do this, but I'll let you have three bags."

He put stickers on all three bags that would scan for a dollar, then I went to the checkout line, paid for my "stolen" donuts and headed back to the hostel where I "pulled a Blueberry" by giving the donuts out to everyone. They were all envious that I nabbed so many donuts for just $3. Yeah, well... I wasn't supposed to!

Later that evening, I had to do some laundry but the machines at the hostel were busy all day long from all of the hikers who had just arrived. Somewhat frustrated at the wait, I decided just to take my clothes to the laundromat and do it there. I brought my laptop and continued working where while my laundry got washed and dried.

On the way back from the laundromat, I walked through a park which had a band playing in a gazebo and it seemed like half the town had come out to watch. I stopped to watch for a bit myself then eventually went back to the hostel for the rest of the evening. I thought about going to see a late movie--maybe Jurassic World? But by then, I was too tired and didn't think I'd be able to stay awake through the end. Nope, I was done for the day!


This band was putting on a concert for the town!

And back at the Yellow Deli Hostel


Anonymous said...

Loving that fancy goldfish mural. Thanks for sharing!


Lou Catozzi (PI Joe) said...

Oh my! I have spent so many hours of my youth in that library and the Grace Congo Church next door hosts Boy Scout Troop 105 where my father was scoutmaster for years and years. That troop had a long Long Trail backpack trip every summer and Polar Bear winter campouts every winter in the surrounding hills and mountains.

Karolina said...

Gazebo - I've never heard this word before. Is it a $10 word? :p

Ryan said...

*laughing* No, gazebo is barely even a $2 word. Sorry! What would you call it? I can't even think of another word to describe it off the top of my head!