The trek with my best friend across 3/4 of the US took five days, instead of the planned four, due to a big accident on the freeway that shut it down for a night. Still, one more night was a small price to pay for a safe arrival. (Though the hotel and spa fee may have been a bit higher. Let's be honest.) I'm so glad to be back among the mountains. Soon begins my retreat on Mt. Rainier in a Cozy Cabin.