Begins: May 20, 2008
Date: Tue, Jul 1st, 2008
Start: Stealth Site
End: Stealth Site
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 441.4
Hours Hiked: 8
Min Temp: 70
Max Temp: 107
Entry Visits: 704
Journal Visits: 109,126
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Casa de Luna Cache
I was on the trail fairly early this morning, and down at Bouquet Cyn Road by about 10AM. There is another traditional hostel after the Saufley's. This hostel (Casa de Luna) is run by the Anderson's. It is only about 24 miles down the trail, and while it would be great to try the famous Taco salad and meet the Andersons, I need to keep moving.
The weather was actually very pleasant today, until about noon, and then it got steadily hotter. It stayed in the upper 90's, as I wove in and out of the hills, and once I made it over the mountain, there was a breeze blowing. I set my thermometer in the sun and it shot up to 122.
My umbrella, with it's new milar cover, worked great! I still stopped a couple of times in the shade, with one of these breaks used to tape down the edges of the thin milar that was tearing in the wind.
In the heat of the afternoon I rounded the corner and stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of a skeleton hanging in a tree. I was not aware that voodoo was practiced in Southern California. I peered into the trees and saw a bunch of chairs, numerous inflatable animals, and a large cooler with beer and soda. Soda!
This is the Casa de Luna cache maintained by Joe and Teri Anderson. They actually drive all the way up this fire road in the middle of nowhere to keep this cache stocked. It is called "The Oasis" and there is nothing like it on the AT or the rest of the PCT.
I signed the register, drank my soda and headed out. It was still pushing 94 degrees at 5PM.
I stopped a little early tonight. I am still feeling a tad "off," so I figured a good night's sleep would do me good.
Over time, it really does become more about the journey and not the destination.