Posted from Canyon Country, California, United States.
I managed to escape the vortex of the Saufley’s, but it took me all morning to do it. Rarely have I ever seen such hospitality on or off the trail. It was a cloudy and unusually cool morning-perfect for hiking.
After an initial climb, the trail meandered down and across several ridges. I had a goal of making it to the Anderson’s Casa De Luna hostel. Famous for maintaining several water caches in this dry section of trail – they also host hikers at their home.
About 6pm I rounded a bend to see hikers in a hollowed alcove under some scrub trees. Curious, I found chairs, water, and cold sodas there, courtesy of the Andersons. The short break and caffeine were just what I needed. I attacked the last 7 miles with a vengeance. I made it to the road just at sunset and meandered my way to the house in twilight. I arrived to a warm welcome and a huge taco salad dinner. With 4 other hikers there, we all crashed on the beds.