Mile 531 to Timberline Lodge, mile 555. (25 miles).
Dancing Under The Stars
Timberline Lodge is a high end resort built in the 1939s. It the hotel they used to film The Shining.
After a long hot day Trees and I savoured cold beers in the dimly lit bar. Their food was pricey so we sneaked cheese puffs from her hiker box.
This is where I met Pete. He was with a group of guys who were on a short exped of Mount Hood.
We chatted much of the evening and as night fell he asked if he could walk me back to my tent.
It was a cloudless night with a light chill in the air.
Walking across the patio Bruce Springsteen ‘I’m on Fire’ was playing at a wedding disco inside.
And dancing felt like the only possible thing to do. We danced and laughed under the huge starry sky. I felt seen and special and a real connection – something that hasn’t happened for a couple of years.
We’ve talked of Pete joining me for a few days on the trail in the future but realistically I don’t know if we will meet again.
He lives in Washington State and on my journey to Mexico, I’m literally walking away from him.
Maybe connections and moments of joy can be enough and complete in their essence without them having to become something more? Without the complexity of attachment?
I feel I’m collecting a box full of beautiful memories on this journey. This is one I’ll always treasure.