The Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, has rapidly been gaining popularity over the past few years. It is a grueling 2,600 mile trail that makes its way from the Mexico boarder, travels up California, through the Sierra Nevada mountains and ends in Canada. It's vast, has long stretches without water, forces you to endure desert heat, mountain elevation and all sorts of wildlife. Maybe it has to do something with Reese Witherspoon's portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild or maybe it has something to do with more and more people wanting to completely disconnect from everyday chaos and re-connect with nature. Either way, the trail is hot, and we get a lot of hikers stopping through Mammoth Lakes.
A few weeks ago a good friend from Australia reached out to us and asked if we could help out his good girlfriend who set out on this epic trip by herself. The ultimate bad-ass babe. She started in Mexico in early May and would be making her way to Mammoth on July 6th. We picked her up and offered a bed, shower and laundry for however long she needed; all complete luxuries for someone who has called the great outdoors their home for the past two months. We got to know some of her friends that she has made on the trail as well, over a BBQ and some late night beers under the stars in our backyard. These are four of the loveliest, most gracious people you will ever meet. We ended up hosting Jay from South Korea, Pete from New Mexico, Lance from San Diego and Kirsten from Australia for the next few days. They were able to see the best of Mammoth, listen to some live music, drink some good beers and eat some great food all while giving their legs a much deserved break. We were treated to stories of their faraway homes, trials on the trails and made to feel like we were right there when they summited the highest peak in North America.
Kirsten, Jay, Lance and Pete, we were honored to be your trail angels for a couple of days and can't wait to follow your adventures over the next few months on your way up to Canada!