Day 8 & 9 We met PCT thru hiker & trail angel Warner Spring’s Monty in the Laguna’s and he offered to let us stay with him when we got to Warner Springs. In true trail angel fashion he picked up our packages from the post office for us (complete w/amazing package of flumps & to-die-for chocolate from D&P), and then picked us up & drove us to his home by Lake Henshaw. A bird’s nest of hair fell out during my shower but it felt so nice to not have my hair feel like a horse’s rough mane. Dan cooked an amazing pasta dinner and we devoured huge pieces of Julian apple pie for dessert.
Monty’s been a full-time hiker for 4 years now & has thru-hiked the PCT several times and is doing it again this year, starting after the kickoff. He offered us a vast knowledge on all things PCT – from kickoff, to ultralight gear to the best hotels at trail towns to where you legally need a bear canister. We did our laundry, organized our food & gear and enjoyed chillaxing on our first Zero day. And a star-lit dip in the hot tub was the perfect end to the day.