13: Case de Luna

CALIFORNIA - June 1-8

It's been a wild and amazing start to the month of June! 

On June 1st, we made it to the Anderson's or as it's better known, Casa de Luna. I'm feeling a little bit spoiled at this point with all the trail angles on this section of the trail. The Sauffley's and Anderson's are two of the most famous PCT enthusiasts on trail and are located only a few days apart from eachother. 

 The front yard of the Anderson's, there were probably about 40 hikers there that night. 

The front yard of the Anderson's, there were probably about 40 hikers there that night. 

The Anderson's backyard is an old Manzaneda forest, with a ton of tent sites built up by the thousands of hikers that have stayed there over the years. 

 the path to get back to the tent sites. It's a little confusing during the day so you can imagine walking back there at night after a couple beers :)

the path to get back to the tent sites. It's a little confusing during the day so you can imagine walking back there at night after a couple beers :)

 My tent nestled among the trees

My tent nestled among the trees

 The Anderson's are famous for their Hawaiian shirts and taco salad dinner! Upon arrival everyone is given a hawaiian shirt so you have something to wear while you do laundry. Also this way the locals can all tell who the hikers are :)

The Anderson's are famous for their Hawaiian shirts and taco salad dinner! Upon arrival everyone is given a hawaiian shirt so you have something to wear while you do laundry. Also this way the locals can all tell who the hikers are :)

 Time for a new pair of shoes! Got about 500 miles out of these!

Time for a new pair of shoes! Got about 500 miles out of these!

 Headed into LA for a few hours to get a new pair!

Headed into LA for a few hours to get a new pair!

 Our crew the next day at the Rock Inn, a few miles after leaving the Anderson's.

Our crew the next day at the Rock Inn, a few miles after leaving the Anderson's.

 Reaching a huge milestone: mile 500! And made it there with the best crew on trail!!! (L-R) U-turn, Yoda, Wolf, Sprinkles, Home Grown, me, and Evac! 

Reaching a huge milestone: mile 500! And made it there with the best crew on trail!!! (L-R) U-turn, Yoda, Wolf, Sprinkles, Home Grown, me, and Evac! 

Our next stop of trail was Hiker town. This is a small collection of buildings made for hikers as a refuge in the desert. It was a pretty bizarre place but a good location to have mail drops sent be used it' right on trail.  The trail was nicely graded and mostly downhill coming into Hiker Town which was so nice because I basically ran the last 8 miles into town when I remembered the next Food Challenge package was waiting for me from Maggie!

 A shot of some of the buildings in Hiker town. It's sort of similar to a wild west movie set in that all the buildings were made at about half scale. 

A shot of some of the buildings in Hiker town. It's sort of similar to a wild west movie set in that all the buildings were made at about half scale. 

Ah, Maggie! 

Girl, thank you sooooooo much! The treats were phenomenal! Homemade granola bars and chocolate covered coffee beans (And all dairy free) sooooooo tasty! I hate to admit it, but I scarfed all the bars in one sitting :) I had enough self control though to save the espresso beans as little energy boosts for the night hike the following day. The homemade dehydrated apples and fruit leathers were an amazing touch too! We can never seem to get enough of that stuff out here. I can't wait to come and visit CO in the future :) 

 jumping for joy after getting the package!

jumping for joy after getting the package!

 the contents of the box! Some of thru-hiking brownies are already missing...oops

the contents of the box! Some of thru-hiking brownies are already missing...oops

The following day we headed out of Hiker town in the evening and decided to night hike the next 17 miles to stay out of the heat. 

 walking along the LA aqueduct!

walking along the LA aqueduct!

 Walking on top of the LA aqueduct!

Walking on top of the LA aqueduct!

 taking a break 

taking a break 

 sunset on our night hike.

sunset on our night hike.

 walking by the wind turbines 

walking by the wind turbines 

 we find any bit of shade we can to stay out of the heat when taking a break. 

we find any bit of shade we can to stay out of the heat when taking a break. 

 can you spot our next climb? 

can you spot our next climb? 

 sunrise over the wind turbines 

sunrise over the wind turbines 

 Technically we're finished with the desert section but the next 200 hundred miles from Mojave to Kenedy Meadows is the driest section on the entire PCT. 

Technically we're finished with the desert section but the next 200 hundred miles from Mojave to Kenedy Meadows is the driest section on the entire PCT. 

Another week and we'll be heading into Kenedy Meadows, the gateway to the Sierra's!!! Trying to stay hydrated for now!

-Outro