Operation: Trail Angel to ALDHA West
Organized by: Junaid Dawud
Along the Continental Divide Trail in Pie Town, New Mexico, there exists a house called “The Toaster House.” Aptly named for the myriad of hanging toasters lining the fence and entryway; it’s hard to miss. It’s currently the longest standing trail angel house along The Continental Divide Trail and if you’re lucky, you might meet the owner and trail angel of this special house, Nita Larronde. After raising her five children in this house, she decided to open her home and her heart to both hikers and cyclists in the early eighties. Nita has been a trail angel for more than 20 years and has never charged a fee for staying in her house, only accepting donations and usually spending the donations on pizza and sodas that she stocks in the fridge for her weary travelers. In fact, she doesn’t even live in the house as she resides 3 miles down the street, but checks in on the house frequently to meet and greet hikers and bikers.
Nita has earned The Martin D. Papendick award which provides recognition to the most outstanding Trail Angel of the year given by ALDHA-West (http://aldhawest.org/). We’re hoping to raise $700 in funds to get her to this year's ALDHA-West Gathering to accept her award. Donations will cover Nita's flight costs and the entry fee to The Gathering for her daughter. Thank you very much for your support!