Journal Entry: Aug 24th/ mile 1914-1932/ 18.0 miles
" Oregon!! Such wonder... a playground of lakes + volcanoes. After 3 days of horrible anxiety about jobs I am now relaxed and happy. Immediately after Adriana dropped me off @ hwy 58 (Willamette Pass) I felt happy. 3 miles in at a pretty lake, met Polar Bear who invited me to camp later, 14.6 miles ahead. Energized by the beauty + social interaction I trekked ~ 3mph all day on easy trail. At Bobby Lake I say a sign [made by sticks on the trail] -- "P.B." on the ground. Walked the 1/4 mile to the lake thinking to find Polar Bear's friends... and found Paul Bunyon. We all caught up + decided to trek onward. 8 1/2 miles later... walking in the dark w/ Bunyon. Found Charlton Lake at about 9:30pm. Amazingly-- a group of campers here, all asleep had a cooler 2/ cold beer!! We each had I.P.A + watched the stars reflecting in the lake. So Pretty. My heart is so happy, once again... an incredible contrast tot he dread + anxiety of work thoughts. Bunyon + I slept out under the stars. Terese + Polar Bear put up their tents. 8/25... woke up at 4:30 am [too excited/happy to sleep]. Watched the sun come up. Today we will try to go 27 miles. I feel good! Might try to catch Pigpen + Blox, 3 days ahead of us... "