14th May 2015
Bushcamp (464.2) to Casa de Luna (478.6)
Pacific Crest Trail Desert Rain
I spied high Sirus clouds yesterday. Normally they forecast bad weather, well today I was right. I stuck my head outside my tent in the early morning. I saw the low clouds start to descend over the mountains. As the morning continued the clouds became darker.
By 10am I found a wonderful surprise of chairs, soft drinks, and various other outlandish decorations in the middle of nowhere. Tink and Robsteady also indulged in the oasis.
Two hours later it was raining. At first it just started as a tease. Should I put on my rain gear, I thought. Minutes later I had my rain pants and rain top on. Heavy Pacific Crest Trail Desert Rain was falling. It was also cold, but luckily not windy. I was wearing every layer I had.
Thirty minutes after the rain started I made it to a highway with a promise of a place to stay. Local trail Angels, the Andersons, host weary hikers. Several of us were congregated under a shelter when Terri Anderson arrived. She have us a lift to her house.
There were a couple of other hikers there. A beer was offered, then another, then burgers were cooked, then the cold damp weather hit me. I was cold and needed to warm up. I went to the expansive back yard to pitch my tent and get in my sleeping bag to warm up. I woke up 2 hours later.
What happens at the Andersons stays at …Thank you to the Andersons, your hospitality and treatment of hikers is nothing short of legendary.