Mile 444 (Acton KOA) – 455 (Hiker Heaven)
In the KOA lounge I met a horse proud black preteen cowboy wearing jingle jangley spurs. He told me about his quarterhorse and I told him about the time I fell off a small pony and broke my arm. Outside at a picnic table, I met the old dudes walking their tiny dogs. They love hearing about the hiking and I love petting the doggies. Mostly I’m a cat person but really I am fine with just about any animal. If it doesn’t bite too much, I’ll pet it.
I kept meaning to walk the ten miles to Agua Dulce but it was so dang hot. I bought a lot of junk food from the KOA store. Finally I got moving around 3. The country here is sort of barren. There are no trees, just hot brown shadeless land and scrub brush. I trudged along for a few hours, then found some shade where I sat down and ate most of my remaining food. It’s that weird thing that happens when I am walking along in the heat. I won’t even be hungry, but all of a sudden, I’m sitting in the dirt in a tiny patch of shade, eating whatever food I can grab. I heard this campfood recipe on the podcast from the Trek. Tuna packet mixed with crushed up chips. It is super delicious with bbq chips.
It definitely brought back memories of watching Star Trek at my babysitters’ houses. I walked through around sunset, when it was finally cooling down. I got into Agua Dulce just as the grocery store shut down. It was too late to get a ride so I walked the final mile to Hiker Heaven. Agua Dulce smells like alfalfa. And horses.I got to Vasquez Rocks around sunset, set of many an old film.
Speaking of horses… I am currently camped next to a corral and there is a very noisy horse stomping around! How are all these hikers supposed to sleep? Also, I know there are chickens here. I haven’t seen them yet but I heard some sleepy clucks nearby when I was setting up my tent.