Today was really cool! There were amazing views all day, including up close views of Mt Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Three Sisters, as well as more distant views of Mt Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Hood just visible on the horizon. We also walked through an area littered with obsidian, sparkling like diamonds in the late afternoon sun, but the moment that really topped off the day, a proverbial cherry, was the amazing sunset as we climbed through a red lava field leading up to Opie Dilldock Pass. The Three Sisters Wilderness is definitely a place I would like to come back to to explore more thoroughly, and possibly bag a few peaks at the same time.
I guess today goes to show that it's really all about the journey, and not so much the destination. If my goal was simply to get to Opie Dilldock Pass (a fun name to say, admittedly) than I'm sure that I could have found a quicker route, but that's not the point. Just like the point of hiking the PCT isn't solely about being physically present at the beginning and ending points. While important, they certainly aren't the defining part of the hike. It's being present and aware of all the stuff that happens along the way that makes it special, including the people you meet, the places you see, the ridiculous stories you hear, or losing the trail and almost going over the wrong pass.
"When you have presence
You don't have to say too much
Sent from the PCT