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Emilyandaja - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Half Step and Ramblin' Rose
City: Palo Alto
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 1st, 2011
Start: Vasquez Rocks
End: Hker Heaven (Aqua Dulce)
Daily Distance: 2
Trip Distance: 2.0

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Hiker Heaven!

Hello! I am actually sitting at a real computer instead of typine on my phone .. So I imagine this post will be a little more verbose!

Where do I start? We hiked down into the Angeles Nat'l forest ant came to a Ranger station .. where Todd, the caretaker lives. Once a year Todd has a hiker bash .. and we happened to be the lucky recipients. Beer, chicken and great tunes blasting .. hey why not, Todd's nearest neighbors are, what maybe 40 miles away??? TOdd can walk 20 miles in any direction from his house and not see anyone. Interesting guy .. we had a great time with him and his buddy. Todd has lived there for 13 years .. alone .. has food helicoptered in in the winter (MREs .. yuck .. I told him he needs a woman .. hey, he asked me to marry him!) .. sometimes he goes 50 days without seeing anyone .. rather intriguing lifestyle ...

So, we are now the traveling "Team Estrogen", or sometime "Team Cycle" .. 5 women .. RR, Me, Flash and her sister Flame, and Yard Sale (Flash's friend from Mexico) - great group. I love walking with Yard Sale .. we walk the same pace .. not the lightning rate of RR and Flash .. nice not to be the only on at the end of the day.

After leaving Todd's we walked a beautiful climb and descend to Aqua Dulce and stealth camped at Vasquez Rocks last night for a little relaxation before hiking the last 2 miles to the fabulous trail Angels house, the Suaufleys. Slept a fantastic 11 hours last night .. had eggs benedict this morning (gee I seem to get that in ever town .. get it while you can!), and walked a mile to the house.

Here we are at the famous trail angels house, aptly named, "Hiker Heaven". I will upload some pictures later. The Saufley's have everything hikers could want .. and run so well .. here are bags for laundry .. Donna washes and folds it for you!!!, here are towels and sign up for shower (with every kind of shampoo, tweezers, moisurizers...), there are bicycles to get into town, and big white tents with cots to sleep in. So here I am, clean, wearing clean cotton clothes (lent - while laundry is done), eating yummy food and basically letting my muscles and mind take a break.

We are enjoying the hike so much. We are feeling good .. but I do miss my husband and friends.

We are trucking on .. the weather continues to be cold and windy most nights .. I hear the snow is continuing .. hmm.

Loving the PCT ..

..I'm on my way, on my way ..
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All Journeys Have Secret Destinations Of Which The Traveler Is Unaware

It's all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure - they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.
- Edward Abbey

 

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