We got up and quickly made our way to the cafe down the road. As we left the general store we were greeted with smokey air and low visibility. We walked the half mile to the Cafe and found seats inside with a lot of locals that were hanging out there. We ordered breakfast burritos and hung out for at least an hour talking with the locals about their town and listened to their complaints about the forest service and how they were managing the fires in the area. It was interesting hearing their perspectives on the area.
After breakfast we headed back to the General Store and discovered they did not have any available rooms for the night so we made our way to a local hotel a mile down the road. We made the walk and got checked in. The room was really nice and we planned on doing very little today. We needed drinks so I used the hotels loaner bike and headed to the store to get some drinks. The air was really smokey and it didn’t make the bike ride very enjoyable.
When I got back to our room I got lots of calls from friends and family wishing me a happy birthday. It was nice talking to everyone and getting caught up.
For dinner we decided to go to an old historic home that was now a restaurant. Monday night was Mexican food night and it sounded great. We made the smokey walk and the place did not disappoint. The building was an old farm house and the food was really good. There was a good mix of hikers and locals there. After dinner we walked back to our room and relaxed for the rest of the day.