Today was 11 miles to town. We are happy to have a short day since we made most of our mileage the previous days. Once again, wake up was at 430. We walked one mile to the Acton KOA and ended up just using their restrooms and filled our bottles in the sink. Their bathrooms were SO nice, warm and clean. It's so weird when you run into places like that.
The climb out of Acton was pretty hot and steep, even at 6am. We walked for awhile trying to look for shade and finally found some at the tunnel under the freeway. Took out our damp sleeping bags to dry since we woke to tons of condensation everywhere. Then it was the final push into Agua Dulce. We would be crossing into Vasquez Rocks Park and that part was so awesome. I felt like we were on Mars for a bit. GB said that they had come out here to film old sci-fi films. We kept passing through a ton of rocks on various paths before finally spilling us out on a road. We then road walked straight into town and from there, it was another mile to Hiker Heaven aka the Saufley's. We ran into Lisa and Rusty and walked back with them to the house.
The Saufley's are trail angels in the town of Agua Dulce. I'm not really sure what goes on here but there's tons of giant homes, land and horses. We finally reached the end of the road to their property. As I walked in through the gate, there were five dogs, a laundry station, lawn chairs, trailers, port-a-potties and a million tents set up on the property of their back yard. It was so crazy. Someone gave us a little tour of the area and how to start our laundry and showers. I went ahead and set up my tent and gathered my dirty clothes to wash. They had a super organized system going on. There were loaner clothes that we could change into and mesh bags to put dirty things in. I stuck a post it with my number and bag number on and dropped it off.
There was a trailer off to the side that had a full living room with tv, a kitchen, table and bathroom. There is one shower for all the hikers so you sign up at the door and wait for your turn. By now it was close to 1pm and was starving. I had only eaten three snacks since the morning. We caught the shuttle into town and went to get Mexican. I ordered a big chicken fajita salad topped with avocado, olives, tomatoes and a hard boiled egg. It was so good. And shared some cheese nachos. I'm not sure what the deal is but I think my stomach is shrinking bc I can no longer eat as much I could before. I think it's because we just eat small snacks all day and eating a huge meal of real food is once every week. I couldn't finish the nachos so I took them to go.
We headed back to the house and the shower was almost ready. It was awesome. They had every hygiene thing we had ever needed. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, qtips, tweezers, floss, razors, lotion, powder, everything! I wanted to take my sweet time but knew there was a huge list of people after me. I also looked into a full size mirror for the first time. I'm not sure if the mirror was slimming but I was def looking like I was losing some weight. There was a scale as well but I feel like those are always off. I walked out of the shower onto the trailer porch and my fresh laundry was sitting out in the queue line in a hamper ready for me to grab. I immediately thought to myself, "Where am I?" I wore my baggy loaner t shirt for the remainder of the day, it was so comfy to wear cotton.
Rusty and Lisa made us some margaritas and I watched people play Twister. Watching hikers drink and play Twister is hilarious btw. Some other hikers had leftover spaghetti and meatballs and we all devoured it in 15 minutes. Then I brought out my leftover nachos to share. By the time we knew it, it was already evening. Jackie and mike who I met on day one was back! She just flew home to New York to graduate and got back to where they left off at. It was so good to catch up with them and hopefully we'll be closer in the same wave from here on out. We didn't really eat dinner since we just ate random leftovers but other people were grilling and doing food.
We ended up going to the trailer to watch some Netflix. We watched some Portlandia and Documentary Now, so funny. I got super tired and it was really late so I headed to bed around 1030-11. This is very late in hiker time. I tried to sleep but you could hear many people that were still up late. And the guy next to me was snoring and farting SO loud. It's hard sleeping in a huge place with so many people.