The Phantom Ranch is an oasis of food, new friends, bonding with nature and relaxing. It is hard to describe the feeling down there. When hiking, it is a surreal scene to happen onto-coming in all sweaty in 100 degree weather to the dining area where everyone is playing card, talking, reading, writing and having a cold beer or the great lemonade with the $1 refills. A long cool shower in the dorm, a short nap in the confines of other tired hikers, and back to the dining area for a cold beer. The breakfast and dinners were great. The steak was good but the stew was spectacular! Our table asked for another bucket and our helper gladly brought another. We had about 3 bowls each and even obtained the recipe which they had printed out.
The Phantom Ranch is not the best accommodations, but it is the best atmosphere for a select few. It is the experience that makes it a 5 star for me. Memories for a lifetime!
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