Trail Angels are people who provide snacks, food, drinks, a ride, a shower, a bed, or any other helpful thing/deed out of the kindness of their heart. These things or deeds are referred to as Trail Magic. It is unexpected by hikers and seems to appear at their most desperate times. You've probably heard of Double Dusty by now, but you probably haven't heard of Clean Slate.
Unlike Double Dusty, Clean Slate enjoys showering everyday. She isn't out to chase FKTs and she's less familiar with terms like PCT or red-line. She is just as legendary Double Dusty. Clean Slate likes to stay behind the scenes, but her support is the most important factor for any hiker.
When I told my parents about my plans to hike the Colorado Trail, dad was all on board. Mom however, was a little more reluctant. A lot of things scared her. In her mind I would be scaling the side of mountain with hundreds of feet below me. She imagined creepy murderers living in the woods or a bear eating me for a midnight snack. She imagined me running out of food or getting cold or scared, and rightfully so and any mother should. Convincing her to let me do this took a lot of explaining. Eventually, mom was on board.
One component of hiking that is sometimes difficult is resupply. Getting food or other items on trail can be challenging especially if a town is far away or if the food selection is subpar. I put two resupply boxes together to receive on trail, but deciding when I would need to send them was the next hurdle. I didn't want to send them before I left incase I needed to make any changes. I couldn't send them afterwards because I wouldn't be at home to take them to the post office (obviously). That is when mom offered to send them for me and even pay for the postage. This small act of kindness (or motherly love) would relieve any stress I might have.
I know that mom is scared to death for me to hike the Colorado Trail and she will go through hell and back waiting to see me at the finish. Her love and support in real life has kept me going for nineteen years. On or off trail, Clean Slate is the mother of all trail angels.