As a weekend backpacker in Georgia, I used to see people out on the trail that looked really cool and interesting and wish I could go up and say hey lets be friends. But that never seemed like something that was socially acceptable and also I'm pretty shy. But the thing about being a thru hiker is that it's OK to say hey do you want to hike together, or take a rest break together. You can end up sharing your life story (or at least a piece of it), or share your problems or fears. Then you can go to eat, or split a hotel room- all with someone you just met a few hours ago. For me, this has really been a breakthrough because one of the things I want to do more of is connect with people on a deeper level. Out here that seems so much easier and is something that I'm so excited about.
The highlight of the day was meeting three hikers that we ended up hiking part of the day and going into the town of Juian with- Farwalker, Jordi, and Sundrizzzle. What incredible people! I had a blast with everyone! We hiked down in the eat and wind, but the miles melted away as the conversations flowed.
A nice couple from San Diego stopped for us at Scissors Crossing and gave us a hitch for the 12 miles into the town of Julian in the back of their pickup. They were amazed we are hiking all the way to Canada, and I was amazed by their kindness for giving us dirty hikers a ride. Thank you Suzie and Curt!
In Julian, we'd heard that Mom's Pies was giving hikers free pie, so we went there and ordered pie and sandwitches. And after showing our thru hiker permits, the whole meal was free! I couldn't believe it! Such an amazing place and delicious pie!
Then we got a room at the Julian Lodge with our new friend Farwalker and tried to find a laundrymat but there isn't one in this town. But then the guy from the hotel came and offered to do our laundry- once again so amazing.
For dinner, we changed into our long underwear and walked downtown. I have to add this is a fancy tourist town so people were looking at us but some came up to is and asked if we were hikers. Again I could hardly believe it we looked so funny but it was so much fun and we now have clean hiking clothes and full bellies and I can't imagine being happier.