Last night was unexpectedly delightful; I stayed at Mike’s place!
Mike Herrera is an old PCT hiker who purchased a piece of land next to the PCT and opened it up to hikers. He doesn’t live there, but he had a couple who does. His well water is available, he allows people to stay in his “Bunkhouse” (a shack for the guys and an old RV for the women) with the overflow pitching tents anywhere. He’s been averaging 20-25 a night.
That would be enough, but Tom and “Mom” also cooked meals and provided soda and beers. It was hard to leave.
After a long 17 windy miles today we found a great batch of tent spots amongst the bolders. I say “we” because I’m in the Pack! There were 10 people when I arrived and another 10 have shown up since.
So much for being lonely. 😉
In actuality, I was by myself most of the day with a few people passing me and a couple I leapfrogged with. But we were all moving at roughly the same pace.
And it’s a great campsite less than 8 miles from the Hwy and the Paridise Cafe, which caters to PCT hikers. (Large portions of food). From there it’s on to Idyllwild.
Here are some pictures of Mikes place. The guy with the beard is a cliche for the old stoner guy. You meet all kinds.