Woke up, packed everything up and planned my mileage for the next couple days. Bought my third big bag of Doritos, packed up and headed out. It was a huge climb up to the lake from the village. Saw beautiful trees, it was just so different. I would say about every hundred miles you can tell the difference between the scenery and trees. Today was one of those days. There were allot of sets coming from one base. It was kind of like birch trees, how they have a set of 3 or 5. But they definitely weren’t birch and they had like ten massive trees coming from one base. Made it to the lake. It was quite pleasantly shocking. Sat around and ate tons of snacks. After seeing the lake in pictures, it seemed the real thing was twice as big. Walked the rim trail which goes right on the edge of the crater. It was awesome walking on the rim around 1/3 of the lake. Later on, I had to walk around allot of down trees again. With one of the last climbs of the day, I ran into Bipolar. I met him way back at mile 200. He knew me right off the bat. He has a crazy good memory, it is unbelievable how many people he has met on trail. He was posted up for the night, right next to the trail. Talked briefly as I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes. With the fallen down tree obstacles, I zonked out right when I put my head down.