170520 – Acton KOA

Day:  027
Date:  Saturday, 20 May 2017
Start:  Messenger Flats Primitive Campground at Mile 430.4, 5886 ft
Finish:  Acton KOA (Kampgrounds of America), near Mile 444.3, 2226 ft
Daily Miles:  13.9 PCT, 0.2 other
Total PCT Miles:  444.3
Weather:  Very warm and sunny all day
Accommodation:  Tent in Acton KOA commercial campground
     Breakfast:  Muesli & Coke
     Lunch:  Ice-cream and danish pastry
     Dinner:  Pizza and ice-cream
Aches:  None
Highlight:  The first hour at the Acton KOA.  I arrived at 12:30pm hot, sweaty and thirsty, checked in to pay from my camping spot and at the same time bought a chocolate milk, Coke and pint of ice-cream.  Then I sat outside the store in the shade with a small group of PCT hikers, most of whom are now familiar, and savoured the drinks and ice-cream with friends who were doing the same.
Lowlight:  None really.
Pictures:  Click here

Position:  Google Maps link here.
Map:  Click here for Google Map

I was on the trail at 6:30am as usual, hoping to reach the Acton KOA commercial campground (friendly to PCT hikers) 14 miles away by lunchtime.  The trail began what was a long descent, punctuated by a few grinding ascents, on what was already quite a warm day by 7am.  My first rest break target was the North Fork Ranger Station in seven miles, where I could replenish my water if necessary, and I reached there at 8:45am.  There was some “trail magic” happening, as someone had left a cooler full of soft drink and muesli bars near the picnic area asking for a donation of $1 for each item taken.  Sadly, I only had one one dollar note, so limited myself to a can of Coke to go with my muesli breakfast, but I knew there was more Coke in my future for the day so wasn’t too worried.

After that pleasant stop in the shade, I hd eight miles to go on a very hot morning.  To break it up, I stopped half way and drank nearly a litre of water, which was very welcome.  It made the remaining miles pass quickly and I reached the Acton KOA at 12:30pm.  After checking in and consuming some drinks and ice-cream with fellow hikers, I set up my tent and spent some time showering and doing laundry.  Once the chores were done, I relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.  There is a pool at the campground, but there’s also a large group of boy scouts camped here, and many of them were in the pool.

I ordered pizza delivery together with two other hikers for dinner, but couldn’t eat all of mine though still found room for another ice-cream.  

Tomorrow, I have ten miles to the small town of Agua Dulce, which supposedly has a reasonable grocery store, so I will resupply on my way through.  If there was a motel there, I would probably stay the night, but it seems the only accommodation is a place called “Hikers Heaven” where PCT hikers can camp and get food.  I suspect it will be crowded, and it doesn’t appeal that much.  I’ll probably just keep hiking after the resupply.  It was a record high temperature for Los Angeles today and the heat is supposed to last until Thursday.  That’s going to make the desert this week hard work.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to 170520 – Acton KOA

  1. Kevin says:

    Hi Dave. I found a spelling mistake, which is very unusual for you

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Makio says:

    David, hello from Japan. Don’t get shot. 🙂 Makio


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s