I did manage, however, to get my third badge! And experience my first Mega Evolution! Huzzah!
Which, by the way, was very anticlimactic. You had spent the entirety of the game up to that point solely searching for information on Mega Evolution. You finally find it from a man known as the "Mega Evolution Guru" who happens to be around quite early in the game, in the same town as the third gym. One would think that a man with this title who is in charge of such a massive landmark would be well known, yet everyone you had encountered had never even heard of the term "Mega Evolution." Yeah, that's believable.
At least it seems like it's awesome and fun to use.
Gabutyra, Tyrunt Lv. 36
Soul Eater, Doublade Lv. 35
Sanbi, Wartortle Lv. 35
Kurama, Braixen Lv. 34
Oberon, Sylveon Lv. 34
Philoctetes, Gogoat Lv. 33
Ankh, Fletchinder Lv. 33
I'm probably going to go back to grinding right after this and finish evolving some of them. And... *gasp* ... consult the town map to figure out what I'm near and where I should go, because honestly I'm getting a little confused...