July 12, 2006 - McKenzie Pass, Oregon.  "Three Sisters" in the background.  This 
picture represents my full return to the world of the walking.  I have regained hiking 
capability much faster than expected.  I never anticipated this when I left Tennessee 
in early June, and didn't even bring a pair of hiking boots with me.  With all the setbacks 
and glitches I have experienced in the healing process, I just couldn't imagine that I 
would be doing any really serious hiking so soon.  In LA I had to go to REI and buy an 
expensive pair of boots, and I didn't mind a bit. I have been using a matched pair of 
hiking staffs to provide cushioning and stability.  That has worked out great, 
and I highly recommend it.  You can't see it, but I'm wearing the new boots in this 
image, while hiking in beautiful volcanic terrain high in the Cascades with friends from 
Eugene.  We hiked six miles round-trip on an amazing trail across the lava flow, 
built by the WPA in the 1930s.  I am standing up so straight because I feel just 
great, being back out west, hiking in beautiful rugged wilderness terrain. 

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