The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Usually, a few hundred hardy souls make the trek every year. But this year, the number of people attempting the arduous journey is in the thousands.
The Tuolumne Meadows post office in Yosemite National Park is packed. Ragged hikers wait in a long twisting line outside.
Inside the tiny post office, packages are tightly stacked from floor to ceiling. Boxes spill out into the adjoining café. Hiker Max Bennett is praying new shoes from his girlfriend arrive soon.