Finished the drive to Ashland. Got there earlier than anticipated (noon). Attempts to get a ride to the trailhead tomorrow from a trail angel was unsuccessful so we will take a taxi or Uber after breakfast and returning the rental car. It was nice seeing Mt Shasta and feeling like we are in the NW again. However, it feels strange to not be going home but to be heading south on the trail tomorrow. We both are missing home right now and are feeling displaced. Seeing rock climbing and alpine peaks rekindled our love of the Cascades. It feels odd to not be planning climbing trips with friends. I had a nice conversation with Charlie (my son) today. We are both tired and bored right now. Ashland is a cute town. After napping we walked around and had ice cream. A real treat in the 90 degree weather. Nothing opens before 8am so we will have a late start tomorrow.