Yesterday was filled with excitement with Eric, Shwa, Matthew & Mindy all flying in. Nathan picked up Eric and Shwa at about 8:30 in the morning. When they arrived, they were starving, so after breakfast sandwiches, they spent the rest of the morning in REI picking up some last-minute things. We had sushi for lunch at a place in the Bellevue Galleria and man, was it delicious! :) I've never liked raw fish so much. We chilled at the house, watching movies and preparing food until Matthew & Mindy got in at around 7:45. We all went to dinner at Royal India - again another tasty meal. It was pretty late by the time we got back home and the guys weighed and repacked their backpacks, trying to get them as light as possible. They wound up leaving quite a bit of stuff here. Mindy & I ran to the store to pick up some more last-minute things and then we came back to finish packing up all of the food according to days.
It was a very late night; I don't think I drifted off to sleep until about 1:00 am and I got up at 4:30 am to make a big breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, and hashbrowns with bananas and grapes. We had a frustrating search for our pack covers, which we never found. We had to stop by the store and pay $10 for a bag of big and hefty garbage bags so Nathan would have some cover if it rained.
They finally tromped off on the trail at about 8:00 am, a couple of hours later than planned, but we're flexible! :) They all looked pretty tired but I'm sure they were excited to be off. Mindy and I drove both vehicles home and she was able to nap for a while. I still haven't been able to doze. We've been lazing about watching the tube and just relaxing. Now we're off to see what kind of trouble we can get into. :)