This is the lake where the ferry picked us up. A combination of it having been drained some last year and having a dry winter left for a seriously low lake. Yes, those are tree stumps.
Boat dock on the other side of the lake, see how low it is? Practically nonexistent.
We decided to stay the whole day and spend the night (in our tent, no room this time!) so that we could rest before the second half of our trip. We got our resupply, ate lunch (burgers and fries!), I took a nap, we took showers, washed our clothes, hung out with other hikers, ate dinner (steak and fish tacos! You guess who ordered which entree.), then went to bed.
Vermillion Valley Resort, y'all. We're talking 5 stars here. Just kidding, I have nothing bad to say about this place, we had a great experience.
It is a really great place and has a very welcoming feel to it. Again, we really enjoyed our time here and were thankful that we chose to take the day off (this would be the only day we took off or as other hikers call it, our only "zero day"). We met Dan, from Massachusetts, three girls that just graduated college from MA and Brian, a teacher from Los Angeles. They were all JMT hikers. We met a lot of PCT hikers as well. It was nice to be in the hiking community for a night. They were all very happy go-lucky people and it was good to be surrounded by others that you could swap trail tales with and you knew they understood.
Campsite at VVR
*No JMT miles on this day
**If you are hiking the JMT, VVR gives a free beer to all thru-hikers, heck yeah!