One: You know how your little toe has skin on it?
Yeah. Mine, not so much.
Lesson the First: Don’t go in the water with Moleskin on your blister. If you do this thing despite warning, at least take it off immediately afterward.
Two: I’m camped tonight at the Lake Silverwood State Recreation Area. $5 is so worth flush toilets and piped water. Since I’m not stealth camping at a picnic area, I have the place to myself.
Lesson the Second: You haven’t been out long enough until a campground bathroom and table seem like heaven.
Lesson the Third: It may be the height of first-world problems, but it’s very sad to find coin-operated showers when you have no coin.
Lesson the Fourth: Carry coins.
Three: It was a long, ugly morning, but things improved by the time I reached Silverwood, had a very cold swim, and ate dinner. I met up with Thumb’s-Up, First Class, and Coach, all folks well into their sixties, and by far the best conversationalists I’ve met on the trail. They are also all former teachers, out here after retirement.
Lesson the Fifth: Teachers are awesome.
Lesson the Sixth: I’m barely keeping up with retirees. This is not the most encouraging sign.
Lesson the Seventh: I’m getting a handle on things out here. Except when I’m not.