Day 31 - Vasquez Rocks

I woke to commuter traffic on both the highway and railway that sandwich the Acton KOA and headed out early to explore the Vasquez Rocks. 

Hiker tents on the lawn. 

Hiker tents on the lawn. 

before I could get there, I had to cross the bog of eternal stench. 

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Just up the hill from what is rumored to be the most polluted area of the trail is the "golden spike," a monument in the place where the PCT was officially completed.

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It was a beautiful morning and the temperature was rising quickly. 

It was a beautiful morning and the temperature was rising quickly. 

I took a break to contemplate the traffic along Highway 14 and the completion of my first month on the trail.

I crossed Highway 14 by way of a tunnel, and was soon treated to what appeared to be a whole new world. 

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The rocks had a mysterious and familiar quality to them. 

The rocks had a mysterious and familiar quality to them. 

Someone mentioned they were the backdrop to the live action Flintstones movie that came out in the nineties. 

Someone mentioned they were the backdrop to the live action Flintstones movie that came out in the nineties. 

I met some equestrian folks who volunteer with the local parks and recreation department to keep the trail and the people on it happy and healthy, offering food and water to hikers passing by.

I met some equestrian folks who volunteer with the local parks and recreation department to keep the trail and the people on it happy and healthy, offering food and water to hikers passing by.

Such a unique and beautiful place. 

Such a unique and beautiful place. 

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I reached the tiny village of Agua Dulce and breaked for lunch and ice cream and then hitched back to the KOA to spend the night with some friends who had just arrived.

<3 Will