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