23.9 miles (Miles 1908.5 – 1932.4)
Hidden Lake – Forest Rd. 5897
I lied on my back and shut my eyes today. As soon as my eyelids closed I felt really happy… well, kind of like just a comfortable happy. I love every moment on this trail, but I still miss home sometimes. As I lied there I realized the sound of the breeze brushing the treetops was the same as home. I think the breeze traveled at the same varying speeds creating the same frequency or something. With my eyes closed, I could’ve been laying in my parent’s backyard in the grass, eyes shut, listening to the breeze in the treetops… I discovered a short portal to home! What’s so great about this discovery, is once I’m home I can use this portal to bring me right back here, too. Now I never really have to leave this journey behind. In a way, it never has to end. I’m sure there are more portals like this one, too, and you can bet I’ll be looking for them from now on.
It rained last night for a little bit, but by the time we got up everything was dry. Now that’s my kind of rain! It sprinkled on and off throughout the day, and we even heard some incredibly deep, crackling thunder roll across the sky above us. I wasn’t afraid this time – I was in a safe place, low in the forest, surrounded by towering trees.
We hardly saw anyone on the trail today. During the first half of the day we saw one hiker going south, two mountain bikers, and two awesome riders on horseback. Later we ran into three older gentlemen going south, and once to the forest road… Aloha! A short while later Cuddles came out. He shot off down the trail for another eight miles to complete his goal of a FIFTY-mile day! How awesome! Then Black Hat came out and hung out for a bit, and eventually decided to ride with Aloha into Bend.
When we met Aloha at the road, he had a treat for us like he always does:
VooDoo Doughnuts from Portland! I ate three! I’ve been so hungry lately that they went down really easy. Especially that maple-bacon doughnut! Holy yummers! He also brought us some goodies for resupply, and we took over the dirt road and got packed up for another three-day stretch. A new round of rain, dark and ominous clouds and rolling thunder came through, so we sat in the car for a while and visited until we finally had to get back on trail. Not even a half mile in we found camp on top of a little hill.
Tonight (and always), I love my mom and dad. I was happy to hear their travels home went well, and I’m so thankful they were able to come out to see me… hiking a section out here with them meant more than I can explain, and I think they know exactly how that feels and what I mean by that. It was pretty special. Thank you, mom and dad… I love you.
Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey!