California trail: U.S. hikers helped by Canadian strangers

Two American hikers want to thank two Good Samaritans from Vancouver who came to their aid during a hike in California.

Hikers were on a trail near Palm Desert when they realized the hike was a bit more than they had expected. Two strangers approached and offered to help, and although the hikers thanked them at the time, they later reached out to CTV News to share their appreciation again.

What happened, according to Tennessee resident Raymond Troy Tate, was that he and his brother-in-law decided to follow a trail called Bump and Grind.

Tate said he was pretty conditioned for this type of exercise because he hikes every day in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He said the ground was different but he felt prepared.

His brother-in-law is also quite active, he said, participating in boot camp workouts and daily walks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the hike proved more difficult than expected.

“We had made a few rest stops on some of the steeper sections to allow for some recovery,” Tate said Tuesday.

It was during these stops that the couple met a Vancouver couple and had a short chat.

“We talked about where we were from and what we were doing during this planned vacation,” Tate recalled.

“We exchanged pleasantries and wished each other a good end to the day and a safe hike.”

The couple walked ahead, but then turned around and came back, shortening their hike, he said.

“They stopped when we met and asked if we would accept a gift. They then gave us their CamelBak water bag and said, ‘Please accept this gift.'”

Tate said it was easily accepted because they forgot their water in their vehicle.

With this gift, they completed the four-mile loop with elevation changes just over 305 meters (1,000 feet).

“We talked about the generosity of this couple to cut short their plans to allow us to continue the hike. We were both very moved by the gesture of two complete strangers,” Tate said.

“We hear so much about the wicked acts that happen on a daily basis and the good deeds or deeds go unnoticed.”

So, in an email titled “Shout out to a Vancouver couple,” he reached out to CTV News Vancouver, hoping to share this story of good deeds and thank the couple once again.

“I just wanted to let the citizens of Vancouver know that they live among very good and kind people – or ‘people’, as they would say in the south – and I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened. couple are doing an act of kindness,” Tate said.

He hopes the story will reach the couple, so they know their actions were appreciated “more than words can say”.

And he wants other Vancouverites to know they’re lucky to have “citizens who represent them (so) well without knowing it.”

Do you know who the couple is? CTV News is looking to speak to people involved in the hike.

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