I took a 1-mile stroll up to the ranger station, but no one was home. I admired the outdoor kitchen and sleeping loft – what fun it would be to bunk there for the summer! The path along a creeklet skirting massive boulders made for a beautiful return to camp, where I discovered two new arrivals. It was going to be women’s camp tonight with Sarah, a 40-year-old veterinarian, and Loren, a 27-year-old road planner, joining me. They came in looking pleased with their first 15-mile day and it was fun to learn of their plans to reach Guitar Lake the next day and then go up Mt. Whitney, just as I’d planned to do. Ranger Christine Gooch stopped by for a friendly chat and let me know she’d been expecting me. It warmed my heart to find out ranger Laura had radioed ahead, still watching out for me. More human trail magic.