Location- Casa De Luna Hostel
Elevation- 3,389 feet
Distance Traveled Today- 6.9 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 478.2 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, 70s
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- feeling great
Days without shower- 4
We got another early start and hiked the 7 miles to the road with literally nothing interesting happening. Katana walked the whole way, then I carried her for the two sideways miles down the road to Casa De Luna.
Casa De Luna isn’t an official hostel, but a trail angel’s residence, who let’s hikers stay there to relax, shower, launder, and hang out.
Right when you arrive, you’re given a Hawaiian shirt to wear, and a huge hug from the woman who owns the property, Terry. You could feel the relaxation wash over you almost immediately.
Terry probably gave me the best hug of my short life thus far. I felt like she was pulling me into her soul when she embraced me. While most people wouldn’t touch a dirty, stinky, hiker with a ten foot pole (other hikers included), she had no qualms about it.
We set up camp within the Manzanita forest that enveloped the entire backyard; It was insanely cozy. The rest of the day was spent lounging around talking and trying not to fall asleep. Little CatFox was getting passed around like a joint, as she napped in the arms of intrigued strangers; it’s all the same to her.
There’s yet another burn closure, so we have a 20 mile road walk to get around it and reconnect with the trail. As usual, most people are driving around it to another hostel called “Hiker town,” cutting off about 30 walkable miles.
It’s going to be a long, hot, day tomorrow…