The terrain today changed from low and flat to steep and rocky. The weather was all over the place, changing from a misty morning to occasional periods of bright sun to a late afternoon thunderstorm.
For the nearly 20 miles of hiking, the trail ascended 3,600 feet and descended 3,400 feet. Between the beginning and the end were many lakes, a stop at a lake resort for snacks, and even trail magic. It crossed streams and burnt forests. I followed it above the tree line and across patches of snow.
In other words, this day had just about all Oregon could dish out.