Miles hiked: 14.0
After probably 45 minutes, I finally started packing up. Several other hikers passed me as I was still sitting there in my trail side tent spot.
First to pass by was Chilly Bin followed by Hoosier Daddy, then Tapeworm (aka Pacemaker), then Opera, and finally Socks. Each asked how I was doing and expressed concern about my wrist/ankle problems.
Ziploc waited for me to finish packing up and we started up the trail. I was still shivering from the cold morning and the packing away my freezing cold trekking poles.
Soon the sun was warming the terrain and Ziploc and I caught up to Socks in a section with lots of wild cucumber. We marched onward towards the fun times awaiting us at Casa De Luna in Green Valley. The three of us hadn’t hiked together much and we passed the time with good conversation.
|Resting on the Trail|
At the trailhead, the famous trail angel Terrie Anderson herself picked us up and gave us a ride to her home (aka Casa De Luna). We were welcomed with hugs, and a quick point into the backyard which is a Manzanita forest.
|Hitching ride to Casa De Luna|
|Bare Beer Bear ?|
|Napping in the Sun|
Plus, I trust each of these amazing people, and if given the right opportunity, I would share any of my feelings with them face to face too.
Tonight, the generous Anderson family fed over 50 hikers the famous taco salad. We are all camping in the forest behind their property tonight. We’re also staying for a much needed, and well earned zero day tomorrow.
I’m going to cherish this experience and enjoy tonight and tomorrow. I think I’m finally allowing myself to live in the moment. Only on Friday morning, after our zero day, will I allow myself to consider the challenges of the upcoming hike to Tehachapi.
|"I'm going to ride this shovel to Tehachapi"|