Zero day at Independence, and a side trip to Bishop. Mile 789 on the PCT.
The family in Independence that I stayed with was a very nice family, indeed. The father, Steve, is the manager at the Bishop Airport, and he offered me a ride to Bishop for the day. We made arrangements that if I still needed a ride back to Independence, he would look for me by the Golf Course as he drove back to Independence. If I wasn't standing along the side of the road, it meant that I had already found a ride. Sure enough, I was able to hitch a ride and got back to my tent at about 3:00 pm. or so.
I got a lot done in Bishop, and it was a very nice town. I did some shopping for a few extra items at Vons and another store called "Smart and Final". I think that I actually have too much food, but I have about a 9 day stretch until I reach Vermillion Valley Resort, where I have another box waiting for me.
I also saw a lot of other hikers both in Bishop and in Independence. I still have a box at the Post Office, but it won't be open until about 8:30 am tomorrow.