Views from the summit of Baden Powell
There was another long road walk on the way to the KOA Kamp Grounds. The miles were marked on the half mile to 6. I didn't like being reminded how far I was going.. But you will get to see how the scenery changes
Look that Poodle Dog killed that tree!!
They were moving and building new electric wire towers. It was fun watching the helicopters do work. We ate a snack here
(Above)Top of Mount Gleason (Below) Haunted Poodle Dog tunnel
It was a dance to get around the Poodle Dog sometimes. I called it the Poodle Dog Shuffle. It also reminded me of playing a big stakes game Operation. Here is First Track groovin through
Cowboy Camp at the KOA
We walked through this tunnel that is in the exact shape of the PCT sign that keeps us on trail!
I find myself taking more rests and enjoying the hike more. I'm working on my efficiency at stops. I try to eat, take my shoes and socks off, transfer water to easy reaching bottles (like First Track above), stretch and relax in under an hour. I may do this 3-5 times in a 25 mile day.
Earlier in the hike I thought it would be neat to listen to an audiobook that would describe the flora and fauna along the trail. So when these informative signs came around, it was funny. This sign came a little late. I had already seen so much Poison Oak!
Usually everywhere hikers stop, there is a registry and a hiker box. The Saufley's have so many hikers, they have to sort out their boxes
There are a few people that are hurt bad and resting up here. The man above sitting in the white chair, noticed a bump on the bottom of his foot. He thought that it was just an internal blister. When it continued to get inflamed and swollen, he went to the hospital. He had been infected with MRSA. Ironically, his trail name is Lucky. Another guy is here because of a stress fracture. He gets the results back from his MRI tomorrow. This place isn't too shabby to be for a while...
The closest tent is mine. There are only about 15 hikers here, but the Saufleys have and can house 50! With 1,300 registered thru-hikers and 600 section hikers, the trail is busy. I'm behind the pack now, which has been nice. There isn't as much Trail Magic, but the hiker boxes are stocked!
This is looking from my tent back to the house. All the campers and horse trailers are converted to rooms. There are also 3 rooms in the hiker house to the right. The Saufley's reserve these rooms for couples or injured. I prefer to sleep outside anyway. The main house is straight ahead. Inside the hiker house is the shower, kitchen and living room.
The town is a mile downhill passed the horse stable. These are bikes to ride to town.
Dog just cooling off
Great way to get around out here!!