Days 49, 50 & 51: Lake Isabella

Date: May 28-30, 2017
Miles: 651.3 – 656.9

“Food’s good, beer’s great, showers are the best.” ~ Strongback

Taking a couple zeroes in Lake Isabella turned out to be a lot of fun, even though the town doesn’t have much going on. We stayed at the Happy Haven RV Park for $5 a person and had showers, wi-fi, laundry, horseshoes, bag toss and a barbecue. What else does one need??

Shower first, then horseshoes.

Tim and I spent one night up the road at a hotel and, at the suggestion of a local, drove up to Kernville to eat at the Kern River Brewing Company. The drive along the lake was beautiful, and we enjoyed a lovely, non-rehydrated dinner.  

The view of Lake Isabella from the hotel porch.
Date night dinner spot.

The next day, we headed back to the RV park to get the rest of the gang, pick up packages at the post office and do some grocery shopping. Tim had a fun time shuttling other hikers around town as well, and in the course of an afternoon he met more people than I have the whole time I’ve been out here. 

When the temperature cooled down, Tim took me, Katie, Connor and Matthew back to Walker Pass campground and we hiked up the hill from the highway (always up, it seems!) a few miles until it started to get dark. I found a small spot overlooking the distant lights of Ridgecrest, and with that and the nearly full moon I could clearly see the enormous spider walk across the top of my quilt.  I tried to think about anything other than insects and spiders as I fell asleep.