What quote am I vibing? “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
Road Day: 36
National Parks Visited: 7 (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
Trails Hiked: Mill Creek Falls Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park). 3.8 miles. Elevation change: 777 feet. Surface: Dusty dirty it's all over me
Today I drove four hours from Lake Tahoe to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is really a gorgeous space about 2 hours from where I'll be for all of September. Today, I did a waterfall hike, because the hike to the top of the volcano sounded too dangerous for me. I think that I will keep working hard and hiking almost every day, and return to do the volcano.
The day ended up being even more lovely because I found two friends to walk with - Lexie and her dad, Seth. I get so focused on being alone sometimes - it didn't occur to me that chatting and walking with a couple people I just met would be a really lovely way to spend an afternoon. But it certainly was. And Seth gave me some tips in case I ever return to Tahoe. :)
After our hike, I set out on the road to Mt. Shasta - my home for the next 30 days. Gosh, when I saw that mountain... Back in March when I was planning this trip, I knew I wanted to cross the country. Before I even knew about the Teddy Roosevelt theme, I knew that I wanted to spend a lot of time in nature. When I was perusing my options in the western states, Shasta called out to me like a beacon. And when I found the air bnb that I am in right now, I knew I had found my September home. This was the first thing I ever booked. I filled in the rest over the next several months.
I was not wrong. I look at the mountain, and I know it holds something for me. I type at the rustic kitchen table in my lovely garden cottage, and everything makes a little more sense. I am where I belong right now. And I can't wait to share more with you.