Day the Third: Trail Lessons

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.

The family at Silverwood Epic Beach.

Not many pictures from the dry high desert today, but there were innumerable beautiful moments, even in the painful bits.

Bedhead. Thanks for the comfy wool cap, sister mine. It’s excellent for sleeping.

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  1. The best thing about that cap is the grin beneath it! Way to hang in there, see the beauty even in the painful bits, and to get a handle on things and not. You’re still out there and this is victory!

    • Of course, the grin was in response to seeing myself looking so particularly silly that morning. The hat is big, but the loose weave makes it great for pulling down over my whole head; it can even cover my face while allowing me to breathe when it’s cold, which is excellent.

  2. Beth Fox

    “It was a long, ugly morning…” but at least you got to bathe in the lake!

  3. Coins? Coins add weight…dirt and sweat, not so much. Who needs a hot shower when you have icy lake water anyhow? I’m enjoying following your trek a great deal, so keep it up!

    • Sweat and dirt are light, but there is a point at which the disgust with your own scent and the feeling of grime on you body make a little extra weight worth it. A quarter weighs 2/10ths of an ounce–I’d wager I was carrying more weight of dirt on me than four of those.

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