While thru-hiking a long trail, whenever a stranger or even a friend helps out a hiker in anyway, this is referred to as Trail Magic. This can be as simple as when a random driver on a backcountry dirt road in the desert of Southern California pulled over to say hi and offer Becky and I a cold Coors Light. Or as amazing as what the Saufley’s do at Hiker Heaven on the PCT by welcoming hikers into their home.
Although Trail Magic is a hiking term, I’ve liberally used it in other aspects of our nomadic adventurous lifestyle such as on the TransAmerica bike trail when churches and fire stations would let us sleep on their floor or in this summers case when strangers and new friends have welcomed us into their homes. Throughout the two and a half months we have been on the road traveling across the country inspiring people to get out more, we have seen and been blessed with an abundance of Trail Magic. To date we have stayed with friends and family for 17 days. Thats roughly a third of our time on the road. Which is a remarkable amount of generosity and love that has been shown to us. So I want to say thank you to all the families we’ve seen along the way. To all the old friends, that even though it has been years since we saw you last, you still welcome us with open arms. And to all the new friends we are collecting along the way. The people we meet and the lives we touch, but more importantly that touch us, profoundly define who we are.