Day 29: Fire on the Mountain

We spent the day in Hot Springs, where the talk of the town is the wildfire and arson. Leftovers from last night’s burrito bash made for another free meal at breakfast! The hostel was booked tonight so instead we are at the local campground. Lots of hikers are here and the talk of this town is a nearby dumpster full of beer. (It’s expired or a local business closed?) The dumpster has been locked but that hasn’t seemed to stop anyone, there is beer everywhere. From our spot on the river we can see the mountain burning. Tomorrow we will have to get a shuttle past the section of closed trail, so about 14 miles up. It’s disappointing but fortunately this is an are we will be coming back through after we finish, so it should be easy to take a day and do the segment we have to bypass.