|Entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, where we will spend all our time this section.|
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness- wow alpine and lakes and wilderness. Three favorite things! Only it doesn't feel like untrammeled wild lands.
|Jan climbs from the trailhead.|
"Hi Joan! Remember me I'm S." says a backpacker heading south. Sure enough I recognize his sweet dog- the same one he was carrying atop his frame pack when we met and hiked the PCT in California in 2014. Instantly I feel that incredible sense of community and small-world-restored faith in humanity everything-will-be-OK. Remembering that moment back on the PCT after my stress fracture, I connect with all the memories of what its taken to get here. I realize I am at my new/ old home. I will figure out what it all means.
First there is the soaking in the scenery and the fact of the PCT! There is much ohhh -ing and ahh-ing and standing around gaping while other hikers pass us by.
On the plane ride yesterday, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast episode about "Slowiing Down." And decide that shall be my theme of the week. Slowing Down will require both lollygaging fun (to slow the hiking pace to prevent injury) and watching/ observing (to slow the mental pace).
In camp, we lay on the pine needle ground and watch stars come out. It feels like enough to just watch them and wonder.
Falling asleep, my brain is still in work mode. Oops I forgot i left supplies under the porch of visitor center and I forgot to add something to the resume I just sent in. The work world is going on without me and probably not missing me but why am I missing it so much? Then I remember to quiet my mind and sink into the comfort of my hammock home.