Last Thursday I was renting a car to go on a weekend trip.
The guy in front of me was turning in his rental but had missed his connection.
As a lot of you know, I live in a small town
just south of Yosemite National Park.
Needless to say, there is a huge influx of tourists, especially in
the summer months.
I offered to give the guy a ride, to see if he could catch the bus going into
Yosemite, since I knew it made frequent stops at local nearby hotels.
He was excited to have the extra help... after all, he was in a dilemma.
When I got my rental he hopped into the car and said his name was Mark.
(But it 's pronounced different... he was from Poland).
He said he had read the book Wild and
was so impressed that he decided to embark on the same journey.
He had been in Chicago
but he ventured out to hike 120 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
I told him I was reading the same book!
I shared that I had lived and worked in the
National Park for 10 years and two of my sons hiked part of
He was super thrilled and the next 10 minutes flew by...
talking about the adventure he was about to take.
we found his connector bus and he was on his way!
Here are some photos I found on Pinterest.
This one is actually of Cheryl, the author of the book.
When you help a person who is hiking the PCT, you are referred to
as a trail angel.
How fun is that? I got to be a trail angel!
When I returned to my office and told a co-worker about Mark...
she said that she had loved the book so much that she e-mailed the author!
She actually got an e-mail back too!
And after they corresponded, it seems
that my coworker actually knows a couple of the people in
the book... (because she had lived in that area)...
although the names had been changed for the book.
Here are my boys on the trail.
A great adventure for all who embrace it and are called to pursue it!
I plan on seeing the movie after I finish the book!
I wonder how Mark is doing.