Guys! I found smoke free air in Northern California! I had to come down here for work so naturally...um...there's this trail called the PCT, you may have heard of it? I managed to wrangle four days to hike another section! I'll post about that when I get home. The TL;DR version is: Low expectations=exceeded!
In the meantime, please enjoy the Stuff People Said on Trail. What are some less enlightened, or just odd, things people have said to you?
"I only filter water in lakes and ponds, not in creeks."
"Sweetheart, EVERY creek will have campsites."
"How come you picked up my hat and carried it with you when you found it? You're supposed to leave stuff on the trail in case people come back for it." (Dude...you wouldn't even HAVE your hat if I hadn't carried it until I found you).
"There aren't any bears up here. Bears only come up high to hibernate." (I've never seen so many bear tracks on a trail!)
"You didn't hike to Ashland this year. My house is right on the trail and I would have seen you." (Okay, that is just slightly creepy)
A strange sight: a man with a backpack, plus two full bear canisters. "I wear these strapped in front."
"I didn't see any poison oak on the trail." !!!!
"I've hiked the whole trail but I don't remember this part."
"My food is in ziplock bags in my pack, so I'm not worried about bears."