Breakfast was great but it cost me over $20. More then dinner with beer yesterday. Crepes with hollanday sauce, biscuits and gravy - both homemade. The hitch back to the trail was bad. Almost 1-1/2 hours to first ride, then 1-hr for second in a very dirty car with lots of stuff on the floor. Crammed my pack on my lap and dropped my water bottle trying to shut the door. It was then that I think I lost my pint of vodka. The third hitch was easier up to Echo Lake but at the lake I realized I no longer had my sun hat. The ride I got offered to drive back and look for it but was not successful. Then, out of the blue, a local hiker offered me a like new REI sun hat. Must be worth $45-50. What a savior! Sat at a picnic table with Natty and Navi(N&N) along with Special Delivery. N gave me a beer! Then N&N and I hiked the next 10 miles together past many many lakes. Aloha Lake looked similar to 1000 Island lakes . Very Nice. I hiked within a mile of Dicks Pass hoping to get above the misquotes. But it turned out that as I climbed the trail higher the trail turned and I was just above the lakes I was trying to avoid. Still not many bugs and I had a great view below me. Passed two new pct hikers: Flatlander and Flower.