Day 15 - Ziggy and The Bear

I woke up in my bug net, having sleepily dismantled my rain fly after it collapsed on me the night before.

I felt like a butterfly first stretching its wings. 

I felt like a butterfly first stretching its wings. 

I hiked the mile down to the desert floor and found some friends gathered around the "love" rock. 

I gave it a big hug and kiss, grateful for the water fountain it shades, our first water since the top of the mountain.

I gave it a big hug and kiss, grateful for the water fountain it shades, our first water since the top of the mountain.

My friend Veggie shared some coffee, cocoa, and granola bars, which were so welcome as I was down to a few handfuls of granola and had 5 miles to go until I reached my food drop.

My friend Veggie shared some coffee, cocoa, and granola bars, which were so welcome as I was down to a few handfuls of granola and had 5 miles to go until I reached my food drop.

We waded thru the sandy desert floor, making our way toward I-10. 

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Where beneath the overpass, cold sodas awaited us.

Where beneath the overpass, cold sodas awaited us.

I met Bill, a volunteer at Ziggy and the Bear's house.  

He gave me the low down and I knew I was in for something special. 

He gave me the low down and I knew I was in for something special. 

A few feet from the trail is a regular looking house with a fenced in back yard.

Within the fence, a magical hiker oasis awaited our weary bodies. 

Within the fence, a magical hiker oasis awaited our weary bodies. 

We washed our clothes and enjoyed warm showers. 

We washed our clothes and enjoyed warm showers. 

And walked around on the plush carpet that covered the back yard. 

And walked around on the plush carpet that covered the back yard. 

It was so great to see old friends and meet a few new ones, too. Chatty Cathy let us play his guitalele, here is Blisters sharing a familiar tune:

The Bear made a lunch time pizza run and then Ziggy followed up with home baked cookies that her friend Carol made.

who are these kind souls? Would you believe they are in their eighties? Can you imagine they have served over 1,100 hikers this year alone?

Here is The Bear, alongside Puppy, one of his volunteers. 

Here is The Bear, alongside Puppy, one of his volunteers. 

Hikers lounging around. 

Hikers lounging around. 

At first they didn't think they had received the food package I mailed them, but then realized they had hopefully filed it under Will Smith.

Food bag, stomach, and heart full, I hiked out into the late afternoon desert sun, and joined 8 other hikers in an impromptu conga line that snaked through the canyons north of the carpeted oasis.

<3 Will