Being dirty and happy is way better than being clean and happy. It just feels right.
Also, it’s hot as balls in Northern California and it’s only supposed to get hotter. So that’s cool.
But for now, I’m enjoying a bag of sweaty frosted chocolate mini donuts and a warm Crystal Light raspberry lemonade on a picnic table beneath the shade of a Pine tree at a rest stop on Donner Summit. We have twenty-one more miles to hike today. They’ll be hot miles. Sweaty miles. Dirty, happy ones, I hope.