Today we spent the day in Big Bear. It had been planned as as zero day where we don’t hike any miles.
Our plan today was to organize our food re-supplies for the next month, package them in USPS Priority Mail boxes and mail them forward. We were sending re-supply packages forward to three locations – the Best Western at I-15, the Acton KOA and Hikertown near Lancaster.
Rob and Stacy, who we had spent the last few days with us, had brought us some re-supply food (freeze-dried food, energy bars. etc.) that we had previously given to them. We also needed to go to the local grocery stores to buy additional supplies (fresh tortillas, cheese, salami, peanut butter and of course a little Jack Daniels).
Since Big Bear Lake is a little spread out, we rented a car for the day. We ran to the grocery store, picked up a hiker-friend (GQ) and took him to the grocery store and then to the trailhead and made several trips to the local post office to mail our re-supply boxes. I think we mailed a total of 6 boxes. At the end of the day we picked up another hiker friend (Dana) who had slack-packed the same part of the trail that we had yesterday, and brought her to the hotel for the night. So it was a busy day. We weren’t hiking, but were busy taking care of other hiking-related business.
At the end of the day, after all our chores had been completed, we decided to order a pizza from the local pizza shop. It was five minutes away. When I returned with the pizza, Donna had a funny look on her face. Apparently, when she got up, her knee locked up. Now she couldn’t walk or put any weight on her right leg. It was very apparent that her hike at ended, at least for immediate future. We were both emotional but agreed that we needed to return home tomorrow (home is only 2 hours away) and get her to the doctor.
So that’s our plan. Donna has had two arthroscopic knee surgeries in the past, both for a torn meniscus, and feels like this is the same problem. We will see.
My initial feeling is that I will get Donna home and to the doctor. Then I will likely return to the trail solo. It will be different and not what we had planned. Hopefully Donna will be able to join me later down the trail.
Thanks for reading – I will update you when I know more.