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Joel "Blaze" Fisler
City: Currently live in Topanga, CA but my home is Zurich, Switzerland
Country: Switzerland
Begins: Mar 28, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, May 7th, 2010
Start: San Francisquito Canyon Road
End: Lake Huges Road
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 189.0

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Lake Elisabeth and the Mojave Deser in background

Day 14: Hiking to Lage Hughes to meet my family

At the Andersons Casa de Luna I was lucky to get the only room they have. Sleeping comfortable after so many Margaritas was a reel treat. In the morning Jay, Sunseeker, Subzero and I were woken up with excellent pancakes done by Joe. How cool is that?!!? The other guys wanted to stay another day but I wanted to get back on the PCT because tonight I'll meet my family in Lake Hughes. So at around 11am I finaly left the Casa De Luna, not before taking the notorious Anderson-photo. Now I know the secret, haha, but I wont tell anyone! You'll have to stay there yourself to see...

The hike from San Francisquito Road to the Lake Hughes Road was an easy 8 miles up-and-down hikes through high bushes and forests. At the end of my hike I met another hiker (forgot her name, sorry...) resting in the shade and she is also a section hiker. We chatted for a long time and when she left I went to the road and quickly got a ride to town from a local hiker who is very familiar with the PCT.

Lake Hughes doesnt offer very much besides a small lake, a bar and a Restaurant/Hotel, the Harley Rock Inn. And like the name says, its for Rockers and Motorbike riders. Funny place but since its the only Hotel for Miles I took a room to wait here for my family. The were of course stuck in the LA traffic, Friday night is the worst! The rooms of the Rock Inn are ok but with a bit overpriced, since they only have one shared bathroom for all six rooms, old TVs and beds. But well, I got a shower, was able to do my laundry and the have even frree WiFi so I can play with my new iPad while waiting for my son, my girlfriend and her mother, who is visiting us from Switzerland.

What a night! My family finally arrived and we were right in the middle of dinner when they started line dancing at the Rock Inn. It was too funny to watch and eventually my girlfriend, after an exchange year in Texas pretty fit in country dances :-) joined. Finally I had to join too and learned my first lesson of line dancing. We both had a lot of fun there until we went upstairs and tried to sleep. Impossible, the rooms are right above the dance/saloon area. And for our son and my mother-in-law it was even worse because they have been lying in bed at least three hours and were still awake at midnight. Since I feared that this could happen I already asked when I looked at the room if there was gonna be party all night, if its gonna be loud, but the employe told me straight in the face: No, no, not on Fridays, only Saturdays. So I was kind of pissed being lied to because there was obviously a party going and being a mothers day weekend I felt kind of bad. Talking to the manager the next morning we found a fair deal: He gave me my sons and mother-in-law's room for free and paid only our own room. All in all, a very unique place, friendly staff, ok rooms with a bar, video games, pool etc. right below which is kinda cool if you like that but if you are here on a Friday or Saturday it will be loud till 2am. Other nights its only till 10pm. I do recommend going there if your without your parents or kids :-)

Saturday will be a zero day with my family and Sunday they will drop me off at Tehachapi and I'll walk SOBO.

Nach einem amüsanten Abend in der Casa De Luna hatte ich das Privileg das einzige Gästezimmer im Haus zu kriegen, zwischen allerlei Gerümpel, Computer und vielen Kissen, und schlief eigentlich ziemlich gut. Joe weckte uns Hiker mit feinen Pancakes und da ich einen lockeren Tag vor mir hatte genoss es noch ein bisschen mit den anderen in der Casa de Luna rumzuhängen. Heute hatte ich einen easy Tag, dann ich treffe Josiah, Seraina und ihre Mutter die uns aus der Schweiz besucht. Da der beste Ort zum sich treffen nur gerade 14km weg ist, wirds ein lockerer Tag.

Die Landschaft war wie in den letzten beiden Tagen: Ein Wechsel aus trockenen, dürren Büschen und lauschigen Wäldern mit blühenden Blumen. Gefiel mir sehr gut. Schon am frühen Nachmittag war ich dann in Lake Hughes wo wir uns treffen werden. Das einzige Hotel in der Region ist das Harley Rock Inn, ein Töff-Treff mit ein paar Zimmern. Ich versicherte mich noch ob es denn am Abend hier nicht Party bis morgens gäbe und der Typ meinte, nein nur am Samstag. Heute Freitag ist es ruhig...

Denkste! Als Seraina, Marianne und Josiah endlich dem LA stau entflohen sind und wir gemeinsam das Abendessen im Restaurant genossen gings los: Country Line Dancing! Anfangs noch ganz amüsant, Seraina tanzte anfangs noch ganz flott mit, von ihrem Texas Austauschjahr her hatte sie die Schritte sogar noch ziemlich präsent. Auch ich versuchte mich und amüsierte mich eigentlich ganz gut, nur der arme Josiah und Marianne, die schlafen wollten im Stock gleich oberhalb der Bar, fanden es weniger lustig. Nach einer Diskussion mit dem Chef, ich sei angelogen worden betreffend Lärm und Party und so (es hämmerte einem wirklich aus dem Bett und das bis morgens um 2!), gab er uns das Geld für Marianne und Josiah's Zimmer zurück und wir mussten nur ein Zimmer bezahlen. Ein fairer Deal.

Samstag werden wir dann gemeinsam Ausflüge machen und am Sonntag, wenn Seraina, Josiah und Marianne zurückreisen, werden sie mich wieder auf dem PCT "abladen".

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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