Thanks so much to the Braatens and their Little Haven in Beldon. They not only welcome hikers into their home but they have been extra busy helping hikers find a way around this forest fire, helping them get their re-supply packages and driving them all over. World famous and much respected, Brenda and Laurie Braaten are truly trail angels.
The Rosendahls of Chester are what you might call 'stealth angels'. They don't have the capacity to host hundreds of hikers every season but if you know someone who is as connected as my Re-Supply Coordinator is, Meredith (Piper's Mom) and Lowell will invite you into their home, let you take a long, hot shower, wash your filthy clothes, feed you an amazing dinner AND a fantastic breakfast and get you back to the trail.
Piper's Mom knows what hikers like because her daughter is the famous Diane Soini of Santabarbarahikes.com.
Also in Chester, Dr. Webb is a dentist who has hiked the trail before. He and Karen Grossjar welcome hikers with a SERIOUS goody bag and lots of well-wishes. I've never enjoyed a visit to the dentist's office so much!
|This buck was in the Rosendahl's back yard!|