Penstemon - there are so many colors and varieties along the trail.
Suddenly aliens abduct me and deposit me in the Blue Ridge Mtns along the Appalachian Trail.
And then return me to a perfect mountainside with a snow-cold creeklet, pink heather, and Mt. Shasta in the distance.
The famed Hiker Hut, at Alderbrook Manor B&B in Etna, CA. An extremely welcome break after the first 100 trail miles. Etna is a great trail town, with an old fashioned soda fountain at the drugstore, tasty smoothies at the Wildwood cafe, killer sandwiches from and Ashland trained chef at the deli...hmm, a little food fixation perhaps?