[pct-l] Drakesbad ranch is now closed to PCT hikers

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 14 11:25:17 CDT 2006

Do you close a grocery store to all paying customers because 
of one shoplifter?

Nemo's actions would seem to be unfortunate, but paying for 
services is not trail magic in the first place. Perhaps all 
sides should recognize this.

- blisterfree

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric & Susan Beeler" <liveoakhill at oroville.com>
To: <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 11:34 AM
Subject: [pct-l] Drakesbad ranch is now closed to PCT hikers

> As most of you may know this is the second year that 
> Drakesbad Guest Ranch
> has offered its hospitality to those of you who hike 
> through on the PCT.
> Thru hikers are offered a buffet, a shower & are allowed 
> to use the swimming
> pool. Now however that is not the case PCT hikers are no 
> longer welcome
> because Nemo decided to skip out without paying for her 
> meal.(After she took
> a shower & used the pool) She claims she didn't know that 
> she had to
> pay,since when do you walk into a business and not expect 
> to pay? its not
> like your there to window shop or anything.There wasn't a 
> big sign that says
> "Dinner for free to all PCT hikers". I am disapointed in 
> Nemo's actions I
> can say I have actually met her, we fed her & friends 
> along the trail. I am
> really disappointed that she has ruined it for everyone, 
> by being so naive
> to think a meal is for free at a guest ranch. I mean 
> really is anything
> free? If she does read this It is my opinion that a 
> personal apology be made
> & the meal be paid. I am hoping I can talk to the owners 
> to get them to
> reconsider. Every hiker that is coming up behind her is 
> out of luck &
> probably won't know till they arrive there. My husband 
> said that that the
> ranch was wonderful He planned to make this a favorite 
> stop for when our
> family does this section in a few years. Now however we 
> may have lost
> Drakesbad for a trail stop for good thanks to one persons 
> thoughtless
> actions.
> Sue
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