Leaving the desert
We continue to Prairie then park side-by-side in front of the Y-Stop and decide we have appetite enough to ask the proprietor if she’s available to make lunch. The Y-Stop is a typical, tiny town establishment, combining gas station, store and restaurant. We’re the only ones here so she’s able to leave the store counter to go in back and cook. It’s cheeseburgers and beers all around. Wonderful!
The Lava Mountain trail is just up the road. A speedy couple minutes after lunch and we’re making our way through trees at the base of foothills. We’re making great time.