Two trail birthdays (Posted 30 July 2012, 11:51am)
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My birthday started a day early when my friend Yvonne visited me in South Lake Tahoe. We went to a great Italian restaurant - Fastapasta - for lunch. The chief was a real character and when he discovered we were celebrating my birthday he gifted me a piece of his Mum's cheesecake. He lit his lighter for a candle and sang happy birthday. Yvonne gave me a real mango which I am still lugging around - waiting for it to ripen.

While it wasn't my birthday it was Spins'! She was turning 24 and her and Baboon ate all you can eat sushi for dinner to celebrate. Baboon gave her a toy marmot. Spins had made me a bracelet with the little metal letters "PCT". The clasp of the bracelet is a bear - very appropriate - although I am yet to see a real one.

We got back on the trail on my actual birthday and hiked 11 miles into the darkness. Baboon got a fire going and I was introduced to the great American tradition of s'mores. These are a combination of gram crackers, Hershey's chocolate and toasted marshmallows. We also had chocolate chip zucchini cake from Baboon's Mum. We reused the "24" shaped candles from the day before even though I was turning 26. I certainly wasn't complaining.

Spins and Baboon getting ready for s'mores.


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