South Lake Tahoe Reunion

South Lake Tahoe Reunion

June 18, 2014

Start: Halfmile 1155.5
End: Halfmile 1155.5
Distance: ZERO
Cumulative: 1,227.0 Mi

Two months, today! Not so bad spending it with trail friends and family. We’re watching the World Cup in a little place I’ve come to call Heaven. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, and fresh fruit spread for breakfast. Lunch? Who knows? I’m not worried; we do it big around here. Lazy day so far, and more of the same this afternoon. I should do some chores, but I dunno if that’s gonna happen. They can wait for Sierra City. It’s only a few short days from here.


June 19, 2014

Start: Halfmile 1155.5
End: Halfmile 1155.5
Distance: ZERO
Cumulative: 1,227.0 Mi

I meant to leave. I was going to leave. Really, I was. Then I didn’t. Maybe I always knew I wouldn’t.

There are a lot of small reasons that I’ve decided to stay: it’s easier on our hosts (ahem, cop-out); there is a lot of food still to be eaten and I feel I must do my part (ahem, cop-out); there is another World Cup game this afternoon (ahem – wait, no that’s legit); and I just wanna stay. But the big reason – the real reason – is that this trip will end far too soon. And when it does, I’ll miss it. I’ll long to be back out here; I’ll experience hiking withdrawal. So why should I rush to the next town? I don’t wanna race through it just to say that “I finished in four months flat.” That’s great, but at what cost? I want to be present, especially here. I want to savor these precious few months, because like all of the other incredible places I’ve been, I’ll never be here again, not like this. When it’s all over, these are the moments I’ll remember. Yeah, ultra days are cool. But so are lazy ones. And yes, I can feel the trail calling me…but it can wait another day.

Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down. This is one of those times. I’m staying so that later I won’t have to wish that I had.