We had a leisurely morning before deciding to head over to Stellar Brew for breakfast. It was a rather smoky morning, but it was not as bad as the previous evening. While waiting in line, I was delighted to see Cassie, Ben, and his family also join the line. We ended up having a nice breakfast together, and heard about their misadventures collecting their cats and trying to find areas without smoke.
We got to meet their cats, Maple and Cashew, and went around looking at some of the local shops. Eventually they wanted to go attend the Blues Festival, Bluesapalooza, so they gave us a lift back to the hostel and we said our goodbyes.
We hung out in the hostel for a while, and learned that Ella and Darcy had received their repaired van back. We purchased our tickets to go to Hawaii, and talked to our family about it.
We considered a visit to the Devils Postpile, but it was getting more smoky. We instead decided to visit the nearby twin lakes. Ella and Darcy came to pick us up, and we headed off. When we arrived, it was both extremely smoky as well as incredibly windy. We walked around for a while, and did get a partially obscured view of a waterfall. It was nice to spend some extra time with the Australians, as they have decided to head south to tray and escape the smoke. They gave us a lift back to the hostel, and we bid them farewell.
We had skipped lunch, so we went to the Burgers Restaurant, and had a nice burger. It had gotten even smokier, and despite our close proximity to the restaurant, I was still coughing by the time we got there. We spent the rest of our evening relaxing and making plans. Tomorrow Josh will take us back to Bishop, and Dylan will let us stay at his place to avoid the smoke until Pineapple’s parents can pick us up.
Our time in the Sierra Nevadas was much shorter than we had originally anticipated. It is disappointing to end it so early, but it is clear to me that it is the correct decision. Besides, Hawaii is always an excellent option.