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The rest of the world

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.

I finally remembered to wear my TR-style cooling bandana!! (Photo Cred: Seth)

So much green and so much water. Volcanos make beautiful terrain.

My view from the cottage. The mountain is there beyond the trees.

Mt. Shasta

My host Sylvia left me fresh fruit and fresh flowers. I am so happy.

Part of my garden space.

Home is where you hang your hiking pack.

I was spooked by this bear until Claudio pointed out that I had found Teddy!

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