You need to stop and smell the roses … er, white sage

The white sage is at its most aromatic this time of year. The outdoors smells like a giant smudge stick. … I wonder whether PCT hikers have any clue what they are smelling. Perhaps, they’re not even smelling it at all, with their heads down, grimacing, grinding out the miles.

Celebrate Anza, 2022, a Success

It was a warm, sunny day on April 30 … a perfect day for a trailside lunch barbecue. The menu featured grilled burger, teriyaki chicken and rice, and four kinds of pie. Several hikers posed to show their preference for root beer over the other sodas on offer.

The puppies were also a hit, especially with some of the local 4-H kids invited to the event.

Pups popular with hikers

I’ve been fostering two litter mate puppies since March 22. I got them from Riverside County Department of Animal Services as seven week olds and they have turned into wonderful little pups.

BINGO
BANGA

The pups have been incredibly popular with hikers, and it appears word of their existence has been widely published in hiker Facebook, to the point that some hikers ask, when they see me, whether the puppies are around. If I have them with me, much snuggling ensues.

Easter Celebration, 2022

This year, I decided to resurrect a tradition from pre-Covid years: providing hikers with breakfast and lunch on Easter Sunday. The weather cooperated, and I served 18 breakfasts and 19 lunches on Sunday. I had a bit more food leftover of the lunch variety, so I repeated the lunch on Easter Monday, serving another 10 hikers. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, and the pups were quite the hit with hikers.