Day 30 - Acton, CA

After facing our last poodle dog bush gauntlet, we were treated to a flower covered trail. 

Eek! 

Eek! 

Much better. 

Much better. 

The terrain switched back to desert and we could see for miles and miles.
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There was a water station set up at a ranger station and this kind fellow was manning it, also offering us red delicious apples. 

iPod, the man behind the magic. 

iPod, the man behind the magic. 

iPod has completed 3 thru hikes of the PCT and is also the person who owns the Ziggy and The Bear house near mile 200. He has spent years volunteering at the various trail angel houses and has played a large role in building the community around the trail. He only revealed this info after I asked him about his story.  "Pay it Forward," he says. 

I said goodbye to my dear friends Moon Burned and GT Cookie, they were leaving the trail for a day or two and I needed to race down the mountain to reach the Acton post office before 5 pm. 

My hiking buddies this past week. 

My hiking buddies this past week. 

I raced the 9ish miles down the mountain, and reached the highway by 4 pm. At 4:50 I was beginning to wonder if I was going to make it in time. 

perhaps the 50th car to pass by, Johnny saved the day and we sped into town. I reached the post office at 4:57. Thanks Johnny!!! 

Pony Express? !

Pony Express? !

I received my first care packages of the trip and my goodness what a treat!!! My friend Jenny and her family sent me a weeks worth of incredibly delicious food and my parents sent me maps and some tasty treats for the next couple hundred miles. I love you all, thank you so very much! 

Thanks mom and dad! 

Thanks mom and dad! 

Thank you Jenny, Scott, and family!!! 

Thank you Jenny, Scott, and family!!! 

I met Jenny and her family at Land Of The Sky UCC and we connected over music. I feel so blessed to know her and her family.

Thank you mom and dad for always supporting me and loving me more than I can imagine. 

I ate some pizza with my friends Apollo and Starbuck and hitched back to the trail to spend the last few hours of the day soaking in a hot tub at the Acton KOA. 

<3 Will