The 6.5 mile hike from Wallowa Lake near the town of Joseph to Six Mile Meadow in the Eagle Cap Wilderness got my body adjusted to moving with a pack on. My lower back wasn't happy for the first mile or so, but I got the feel for things soon after that. We stopped in the meadow and made lunch before crossing the West Fork of the Wallowa River. The bridge there was down, so we took off our shoes and waded through in bare feet. The water was cold and was a sweet as a massage on my legs. We hiked 2.5 more miles up (up, up, up) to Horseshoe Lake. Had I know what an ascent the second part of the hike would be, I probably wouldn't have been up for it mentally. It was a good thing I didn't know - getting there in the afternoon in time to get settled and watch the evening set in was perfect. We were greeting by a beautiful lake that made for a spectacular campsite setting.
We set up camp, made a tasty dinner, and gazed at the lake for hours. Watching the light change as the sun set and moon rose was mesmerizing. I was fast asleep before it really got dark out.