If any of you don’t know, I like to take selfies. With this journey I found myself in Portland, OR. I took the frequent flyer miles that I had from traveling earlier this year to Japan, Hawaii, and Florida and went on a more personal journey to go get a closer look of Mt Hood. As I pulled into the parking lot of the lost lake campground I saw the warning sign regarding bears and to be safe in this area. I made my way down to the camp to buy my pass for my car, and made a short walk around part of Lost Lake. I was able to jump in the water and get far enough out to jump on top of a log that I saw floating. This was the start of my selfie taking experience. Once I got done taking photographs of Mount Hood from lost lake, I made my way too the beginning of the trail that led up a path that would lead me to Lost Lake Butte Trail #616. The trail itself starts out at 3200 elevation, and ends up at just under 4500 feet elevation. It starts out pretty easy and ends in some switchbacks to the final summit. The top leads up to a beautiful view of Mt Hood, as well as Mt Adams and T witMt Rainier. I was in the midst of taking pictures when I was snuck up on by a few other hikers. Needless to say we scared each other enough. I might moments like these because I can connect with people that have similar interests as myself and even take some pictures with them. I did not post them because I did not want to intrude on their privacy. As I made my way back down the 1.5 mile trail I had some great thoughts regarding life and living. One thing that came to mind, growth comes from desperation. There’s no safety net inside the struggle. Maybe if you are going through something right now, you should evaluate where you are and what you are doing. Maybe changes in order.