We did the typical town stuff of getting coffee, eating breakfast burritos and/or pastries, and getting groceries. We then did the atypical town stuff: we headed to The Yodeler bar to watch Liverpool and Tottenham have an anemic Champions League final. The owner was a Liverpool fan and poured everyone a double of Jameson. Kacy (now Money Beets) didn’t want hers, so of course I had it. Bad choice.
We drank and ate and drank and ate until we realized we weren’t getting on trail again. We contacted some trail angels and got offered a place to crash by Maile and Lynn. The Maile+Lynn experience included burgers, re-connecting with Olya (who will be hopping off trail for a month with an injury), petting a Siamese cat, and getting hands-on foot care from Maile. It was a great experience all around, and I’m glad to have stayed.
Wrightwood was touted as one of the coolest trail towns, and now I see why. New shoes, new socks, copious beer, good food, great people, and fun times.
Main Photo: The westward view of Los Angeles hiking into Wrightwood, CA on June 1.