The Vasquez Rocks star gazing was a bust as the clouds rolled in and my Canon IS710 doesn’t match up to the 350D for long exposures anyway. But I did enjoy the night. Great camping spot and impressive landscape. I got moving fairly early and was at Hiker Heaven when only a few hikers were awake.
This place is really amazing. Donna and Jeff have Big Red, a giant Chevrolet Silverado vehicle for hikers to borrow, she does your laundry, they have half a dozen tents set up each sleeping 3-5 people, WiFi, hiker boxes (where we leave gear/food we don’t want and take stuff others have left) galore and a row of bikes to ride into the little town for supplies. It’s a wonderful thing they do for us hikers and I’ll gladly take a zero day tomorrow to sort out food for the next 250 miles to get me to Kennedy Meadows and the start of the Sierra Nevadas. I also need to sort food for there too and make sure it fits into a bear-proof canister.
Five of us borrowed Big Red to get to REI and Adventure 16 in some outer suburb of LA. Kinda freaky to be in a car in traffic surrounded by so much city ugliness. Adventure 16 are great people. A sale was on and they did a special PCT discount on top of that so I got things much cheaper than I expected. Top notch guys, if you’re in the San Diego/LA area you should check them out.
Tonight the hikers sat around in the mobile home thing, watched Top Gun and passed on trail news. Tomorrow I’m cooking some eggs and bacon, I bet that’ll get a few people up early.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Wrightwood to Agua Dulce