Some more pictures here. I never take all that many though.
It was just under 7 miles, and much easier of a hike than last week’s Eagle Creek Trail! My right contact had been bugging the shit out of me the whole drive up… I’d taken it out once already, at home, and rinsed it again, obviously not well enough. And then I didn’t want to stop & pick any up at my “last chance” town strip before, because poor. But finally I took it out & popped it in my mouth for a second and that worked.
I’m starting a new diet! I’ll talk about that more in the Batcave later. I need to reestablish some discipline in the land of unintentional sloth & over indulgence.
OK now back to work. I’m on the illustration again today. I always feel better when I’m working! (And exercising. And meditation is awesome too, when I’m in that mode, which I haven’t been lately.)
I kinda want to see The Big Lava Bed… Could I do a 13-mile hike? If I were prepared for it, totally. This one is rated moderate in difficulty. We were near there last weekend but all the roads around it are dirt, and so we were in the wrong car. Am looking for a map of the 13-mile hike. iPhones don’t work reliably in the mountains and it seems like we never know where we’re going up there, lol. I’ve poked around on the internet, but all the hiking map sites want a subscription. May do a trial thing but set up an alert in my iCal so I cancel it in 13 days.
Also I saw Painted Hills on Instagram & it looks totally awesome, but it’s a 4.5 hour drive away. That’s totally an overnight trip. The trailhead of Big Lava Bed is about 2 hours. I guess if you’re spending 4 hours driving and however long hiking 13 miles, you might want to spend the night someplace close too…
There’s also The Ice Caves, but that sounds a little claustrophobic… not my first choice. Makes me think of the campy horror movie about a group of female hikers that go caving & picked off by these albino cave human / monsters one by one.