Day 27 – Wednesday, May 7
I’m enjoying my second zero day on the trail at the Saufleys, Hiker Heaven, in Agua Dulce at mile mark 454. I spent the past several days hiking with Coach, a retired high school science teacher from Washington, and Hemlock, who has a PhD in Ecology and Evolution and now lives in Athens Georgia. Let’s just say much of the trail conversation was way over my head, but we had a great time together and covered 90 plus miles of trail in the past three and half days.
The Saufleys have a great spot here at their home for PCT thru hikers. Their garage is completely set up for receiving mail drops or sending packages out. They have boards up with all the current trail information and updates. After a shower, they’ll do your laundry for you as you enjoy sitting around and relaxing with other thru-hikers. They have large tents with cots spread throughout the back yard for hikers to sleep on. What a terrific set up they have! I’m always completely amazed what folks will do to help thru-hikers. In town we didn’t even have to hitch for a ride up to the Saufleys, a car just pulled over on the road and a man asked if we were headed there. He told us to hop in and he’d give us a ride up the hill. Just awesome!
Below is a video coming over Mt. Baden-Powell in the San Gabriel Mountains soon after leaving the town of Wrightwood.
Trying to stay away from the Poodle-dog bush was very tough through the burned out areas from the Station Fire of 2009, one of California’s largest fires in history. We walked for an entire day through this area. The Poodle-dog bush is an extremely poisonous plant that grows abundantly in recently burned areas.