Monday, November 17, 2014
Sept. 11: Trout Lake
Journal Entry: Sept. 11, 2014 Trout Lake, WA: 5.0 miles
"So many emotions... woke today from another night of being cold. It's difficult to recover from a day of hiking when the night involves shivering & tense muscles. Couldn't get out of bed.. slept until 9:00am! Met Ice Cave and Skywalker while making oatmeal; they told us of the A.T. Trail Rats slack-packing behind. Ugh!! It was enough to make me so grumpy. Only 5 miles to Road 23, but it was all I could do to stay focused on the present. I'm tired of PCT culture, thru-hikers, hearing about gear, miles, etc. I had hoped to come here to escape: my plan was the zen buddhist abbey. Trout Lake is a lovely community. Gary [a trail angel] came & picked us up from the trailhead. But as soon as we got to the store some guy named Shepherd was aggro-complaining about Sierra City & The Red Moose Inn. Ahhhhh!! (internal scream). The good news is that I checked my phone and there were messages from Corvallis Clinic, Redmond, Asante and Sunnyside!! Yay! I'm getting excited about work/working. Tomorrow I will stay here until I've figured it all out. Dad is picking me up at white pass on the 16th or 17th. As for the trail, I really hope to have some solitude going into Mt. Adams & Goat Rocks. Just 60 miles ahead, and I'm going to take my time & try to enjoyit as much as possible. The Buddhist Abbey was closed do to broken plumbing, but Kozen, a monk, told us of cabins, so tonight it's me, Terese, Polar Bear & and Aussie. Laundry, showers & beds!! The boys went to eat. Just the girls [now]. Peace. Finally."