Just prior to hitting town, the trail goes through a nice, dense forest of ponderosa pine with great views of Oak Spring Canyon. (the locals told me about a great swimming hole at the bottom of Oak Spring Canyon, but it was not warm enough for swimming as of yet) It was a really nice morning.
In town, about a half mile past the trailhead was a great little place called THAT Brewery. They had micro-brews, great food, free wifi, and even little cabins out back that hikers could rent for the night. Outside, they had volleyball and corn hole, but it was a bit cool and windy when not hiking. Inside, I found Pumpkin and Road Runner! We had some food, and then I gave them a ride to the laundromat, we went to the grocery store for resupply, and explored the town a little. When the laundry was done, we all went back to THAT Brewery.
While Pumpkin and Road Runner were staying in one of the cabins, I had other plans: a friend of a friend lived in Pine. She had been following my hike on instagram and Facebook and had offered a shower and a bed at her place. So after work, Deb met us at the brewery for dinner.
Deb had a great house- a renovated A-frame cabin in the woods. She also had a dog who did not like me much (he was a rescue dog who had been abused when he was little and was very protective of the house). I felt bad that he had to be locked in the bedroom, but he kept growling at me! Anyway, I had a great, warm shower and a great warm bed.
In the morning, we had breakfast and Deb headed to work while I headed for the trail. I did a fantastic 16 mile out and back ( RR and P were hanging in Pine for the day) on easy trail with great views. The trail was really looking wonderful for northern Arizona!