PCT Day 48: And karma whispered….leave it behind, all that weighs you down

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Timberline Lodge (555.7) – Timothy Lake (574.8): 19.1 miles / 488.6 total miles walked

I felt oddly detached this morning, but also more at peace than I have in a long time. Because I realized something last night. I don’t need to chase people anymore. If someone wants to be a part of my life, I will welcome them with open arms, but I can’t be the only one reaching out anymore.

“Loneliness is the human condition. Don’t attach yourself to everyone who shows you the least bit of attention.” –White Oleander

But there’s a difference between being lonely and being alone….I’d been both for a long time. And somehow, slowly I feel like I might be enough. The trail is doing its magic.

We said goodbye to Mark and made our way back to the trail, meeting NoMan at the trailhead, who had just gotten in.

The trail led us downhill, first in deep sand, and then on beautiful forest paths. I was flying today, averaging 3 mph at times, a new best for me.

We took a break at a trailhead with a pit toilet, such luxury. And trash cans, too. I made a Mountain House dinner I found in the hiker box. Delicious and filling. And I was able to dispose of the packaging right there. ūüėĀ

Time went by quickly, I started a new audio book (Railway Man) and before I knew it I made it to the junction for Little Crater Lake.

I waited for Sink, who showed up about 15 minutes later and together we took the little detour to check out this 45ft deep lake that is fed by a 34¬įF underground spring. So beautiful, the pictures really don’t do it justice.

Only about a mile further we found our home for the night at the shore of Timothy Lake.

I made Pasta Stroganof for dinner and had some sour gummy worms for dessert. Tomorrow we’ll try to beat our mileage record.

Keeping you posted…

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