CALIFORNIA - May 27- June 1
THE TEMPERATURE, IT'S RISING
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day!
I spent the last better part of the week making my way from Wrightwood to Agua Dulce, about a 90ish mile stretch.
The first day out of town was spent climbing Baden-Powell, elevation 9,406. It's wasn't the highest climb we've had so far but it was definitely a fun one! I lost count while walking up but there must have been over 40 switchbacks. My main motivation though was the prospect of flying my kite on top of the bald mountain. (yes, I'm carrying a kite- more to come on that later down the line. ) Unfortunately though the wind completely died as I approached the summit so the kite flying was a no-go this time :(
There were however, beautiful 360 degree views of the surrounding area though - not a bad consolation prize.
After a tough day, we posted up camp at Little Jimmy Campsite. This was a large designated campsite already bustling with boy scouts and weekenders by the time we showed up. After a bit of searching, we found a great spot next to some awesome weekend backpackers from LA. As thru-hikers we don't have much extra to share but the three guys were nice enough to share some beer and we tried to entertain with stories from the trail. In all it was a great night around the campfire - Hope you three made it safely back to LA!
The next few days were spent making miles to get to The Saufley's House, trail angles in Agua Dulce, and our group of 6 got a little mixed up in the process. Space Man had to do a some scrambling after realizing he left his wallet in the ride he hitched from Wrightwood. (Not to worry - the guy he got the ride from actually drove all the way to The Saufley's and dropped it off for him.) Hawkeye had to slowed up a bit, Yoda sped up a bit and we temporarily lost U-turn. So Evac and I pushed on and crushed some miles in the process. Evac's from Florida but has spent some quality time in Yosemite camping and climbing so I've been picking her brain for what to expect when we get there in a few weeks.
Crossing under HWY 14
Despite not showering for days, and lack of food, the real reason I was so excited to get to The Saufley's was because my first "Feed Me" box was waiting for me!
To Amy, Aubrey and Shayna:
Thank you sooooooo much. Your letters made me laugh and cry in front of a whole group of hikers, awkward...so thanks for that. But seriously, your thoughtfulness and words of encouragement were phenomenal. It's amazing to hear what you've all been up to, you're all incredible women I'm lucky to know! AOT, I hope to catch up with you all in the near future over a cold beer.
I don't even know where to start or what to say but I'll do my best. The box was incredible! Every part of it was exactly what I needed and I didn't even know it. Food for the belly and words for the soul, the perfect resupply. This section of trail has been tough; poisonous snakes, hazardous plants, dry spells and blistering heat. This box was the perfect pick-me-up in every way and I love the stationary :)
The Saufley's are an amazing family who open up their yard and resources to the thru-hiking community. The night I spent there, there were about 40 hikers total. Thru-hikers aren't the easiest group to take care of, were a smelly, dirty, needy bunch and somehow The Saufley's have found a way to see through all that- they are trail angels indeed!
Our next major section will be spent in the low desert with temperatures expected to be around 100. I'll let you know how I'm taking the heat!