It was a flat, 7.5 mile walk to Tuolomne Meadows, a tourist destination and gateway to Yosemite Valley.
I was experiencing anxiety on my way there, worried that the package of food I mailed myself wasn't there.
Post Offices only guarantee to hold packages for a month and I realized it had been more than that since I mailed myself food from Tehachapi.
My worries were relieved when the cheerful post office employee assured me that my package was still there, and that I also had one from my parents who sent me maps and some new shoes.
I saw friends there and was offered many hugs. They must have known I needed it, not that I would refuse one on my best of days. Thanks guys!!!
Refreshed and reivigorated, I hiked into the drizzly afternoon mist and sipped from soda springs, a curiously bubbling spring that produced naturally carbonated water.
I hiked out of the valley and into the setting sun, settling into a soggy campsite to sleep for the night.