12: Baden-Powell

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!  

 On the way up Baden-Powell

On the way up Baden-Powell

 All of us at the summit of Baden-Powell checking out the trail register.

All of us at the summit of Baden-Powell checking out the trail register.

 A 1,500 year old pine tree

A 1,500 year old pine tree

 Views from the top

Views from the top

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. 

 Miles 400 to 441 were full of Poodle-Dog Bush. Evac and I did our best to avoid it so I guess we'll find out how well we did in 12-72 hours :)

Miles 400 to 441 were full of Poodle-Dog Bush. Evac and I did our best to avoid it so I guess we'll find out how well we did in 12-72 hours :)

 just as I was becoming a cocky thru-hiker, a slice of humble pie.

just as I was becoming a cocky thru-hiker, a slice of humble pie.

 Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

 the day's view

the day's view

 a little cave along the way

a little cave along the way

Crossing under HWY 14

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 Vasquez Rocks, just before we hit Agua Dulce town center. 

Vasquez Rocks, just before we hit Agua Dulce town center. 

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! 

 so excited to get a package from Kelly!!!

so excited to get a package from Kelly!!!

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. 

To Kelly,

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 :)

 All the contents!!!!! So much good stuff!!!!

All the contents!!!!! So much good stuff!!!!

 how hikers get to town!

how hikers get to town!

 Tent city at The Saufley's!

Tent city at The Saufley's!

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! 

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