Woke up yesterday and everything was wet. It only rained about a hundredth of an inch, but it was enough to get everything wet. Turns out my new tarp is HUGE. Twice as big as I need, so I will have to trim it down soon.
The day started out cool and foggy. Just like home and perfect hiking weather!
The sun did come out mid-morning, but it wasn’t too hot. I really lucked on this section because there is no shade and usually it is very hot.
I walked the road (2 miles off trail) into Green Valley and stopped at the store for beer and sunglasses (lost mine yesterday somewhere). I could barely fit the (12 pack of bottles) beer in my pack and it was a really heavy pack those last few blocks.
But I got to the Anderson’s, aka Casa de Luna, aka Hippy Daycare, about 1430 and started drinking beer and relaxing with everyone.
I caught up to my friends from Humboldt (now known as Goulet and Space Kitty)! They left a day before me and I have been chasing them the whole time. They got sucked into the vortex here and are on their second zero, which is how I was able to catch them.
I had a nice little campsite in back of the Manzanita forest.
They even have some disc golf baskets!
They fed us some awesome taco salad around dusk, as is the tradition. I stayed up to hear Terri talk about the history of Casa de Luna and their relationship with the trail and hikers. It was kind of moving, I got a little teary. Good people. But after the speech, I was definitely ready for bed.
I was one of the first people up in the morning and I was ready to hike by six. That’s when I found out the next part of the trail is closed and there is a 21 mile road walk detour.
Oh well. Terri Anderson saw me thinking about walking out (2 extra miles) and took pity on me and gave me a ride back to the trailhead before she had to be back to serve the traditional pancake breakfast. I felt the love!
I started road walking into the sunrise. But the shoulder isn’t too bad and the road has taken me to Lake Hughes where I am enjoying a proper breakfast at The Rock Inn.