I know I left you all wondering about my favorite trail angel experience so far, but it was simply too much to add to the last blog post!
A few weeks ago, a trail angel from Tehachapi had commented on my blog, stating he was a trail angel and if I needed anything while in the area, to contact him. About 10 miles before getting to highway 58, I sent him a message asking about hitching from the highway.
Dalton (Dog Bite) graciously offered myself and my 3 friends a ride. Not only did he offer us a ride, he found me a trail angel host to stay with for two nights. After Dog Bite took me to Mojave to pick up my package, he took us on a tour of Tehachapi. After dropping my friends off at their hotel, Dog Bite treated me to lunch at a delicious diner. We then chatted a bit at his house, with his beautiful rose garden, waiting for my host trail angel to pick me up.
They are transforming the second house to be a bunk house and mail room for hikers. They are some of the most sincere people I have met along the trail. I cannot wait to go back and see how the transformation is coming along! Their place is called Wits’ End and I highly encourage all of you future hikers to utilize their trail angel services!
My trail angel host, Kat, was new as a trail angel. I was her first hiker to stay at her place. Now, I have to tell you how blessed I am to have crossed paths with her. Some times, we get really lucky in life, and this was one of those times.
She lives on a farm with 4 horses, 3 goats, 2 cats, 2 dogs, chickens, and bees.
They have a one bedroom apartment with a full kitchen above the barn, which I had to myself! Kat and I ran to the grocery store; I filled my basket up with junk food and some luxuries while I was in town, as I was about to check out, this wonderful couple approached me and asked if I was a PCT hiker. We chatted for a bit and they were simply the nicest couple I’ve ever met in a grocery store. They then insisted on purchasing my groceries for me. I had to push back the tears that wanted to swell up in my eyes from the pure kindness and love in their heart. I gave them my blog address and then they reached out and said if I needed anything along my journey, they were retired and would be more than willing to help in any way they were able to.
Kat made turkey burgers on the grill, and as we chatted, I watched the hummingbirds dance around the sugar water, with a sunset view of the high desert mountains. I was enjoying my time so much, I stayed two nights with Kat and her husband Jim.
The second night, Kat invited all of my friends over for brick-oven pizzas and s’mores. Sometimes God blesses you beyond belief, and this, along with all my trail angel experiences have been some of the most amazing blessings I have ever had.
To Dalton, Kat, and the wonderful couple in the grocery store, I’ll never be able to express or repay you for the kindness you have shown me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my time in Tehachapi a memory that I will never forget. As I told Kat, I do believe I will be 80 years old, and still remember these feelings of love and kindness, in which you all showed me.