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PCT Loco
City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 2nd, 2009
Start: near Bear Spring
End: near Upper Shake Camp trail
Daily Distance: 30
Trip Distance: 493.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 693
Journal Visits: 48,454
Guestbook Views: 3,948
Guestbook Entrys: 27

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anderson's oasis cache

Day 26: Cell phone troubles

8:30am slept great. saw 2 thrus today. said that the saufleys heard there was somebody who wasn't going to stay with them. they apparently went to coerce this person into staying. was it me & i had left? they take it personally if u don't stay. feel a little bad.

9:04am i'm about to go over a ridge, and i'll be in touch when i can.

Lynn's note:
The Saufleys are well-known Trail Angels. They have a home near the PCT, and many hikers stay with them for a night or two.
Don later called from the Andersons - similar to the Saufleys, except they party all night long. Apparently, his cell phone died for no reason. So he went to the Andersons to charge it as well as to give me a call from their land line. If Don's cell phone continues to act up, contact may be sporadic at best.

Don spent about 3 hours chatting with the Andersons before catching a ride back to the trail. Before hikers leave, the Andersons have a tradition of taking their photo. If you're not planning to hike the PCT or stop at the Andersons, see spoiler below.

To make up for time spent at the Andersons, Don ended up hiking about 2 hours in the dark. He almost stepped on a hiker who got tired and had decided to sleep in the middle of the trail. !!!

Spoiler below. Stop reading now if you're a future PCT hiker!

SPOILER ALERT!
If you're thinking of hiking the PCT and stopping at the Andersons, don't read this!
Just as Mr. Anderson takes the photo, Mrs. Anderson moons you. Don said he hardly flinched though.
END SPOILER.

Don's Update:
Lynn about summed up all my woes from today. A final note about the Andersons. Today I hiked 30 miles and probably would not have been able to do it without their water caches. There were 3. This stretch of trail had no water whatsoever. They are so awesome to go out of their way to stock all that water. And there was plenty. The scene at their house was pretty amazing. There were so many hikers just lounging about drinking beer. I talked to one guy who had been there for 4 nights. Apparently Mrs Anderson makes an awesome taco salad every night. But again, due to my schedule, I couldn't stay. She was very nice to give me a ride back to the trail and to stop at a store along the way. These trail angels are SO nice and make the experience so much better for all of us. Thanks to the Andersons!

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