Day 2: Tough But Satisfying


I had to haul myself 23 miles and up 3,000 feet today to reach an enticing goal: a room at the Mount Laguna Lodge, where I’m spending tonight in style with my dad – a bed, bath, and burger for dinner! Most days, I’ll be sleeping in my tiny tent by the trail, but a few towns offer more deluxe amenities along the way, so best to take advantage when possible.

This gives me a chance to clean up and take stock after my first two days (43 miles). I’m a little raw around the edges – sore, chafed, and sunburned – but nothing of real concern yet. Still haven’t run into another hiker going all the way, though I did pass a five-man fire engine crew today, complete with yellow hard hats! Most thru-hikers started almost three weeks ago, so I’ve got some catching up to do… Meanwhile, looking forward to sunny weather the rest of this week.

3 replies
  1. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    Can’t tell you how much I admire you for setting such interesting goals and going after them. I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture about your penguin experience at Portland Audubon. Onward and upward!

  2. Grace
    Grace says:

    WOW!! 43 miles. You can do it! I was about to call the national guard after 10 miles of hiking last July, so I’m really admiring the 43 miles already. Have a nice relaxing time in the lodge.

  3. Patricia Keene
    Patricia Keene says:


    I’m excited to follow your journey and wish you wonderful adventure. You are brave! Please be extra careful along your way.

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