Unfortunately, we had to tell Elise and Daniel bye. They were going on the Maryland for a little more sightseeing before heading home. We enjoyed seeing them so very much, and hated to see them leave. We also were not looking forward to the heat. In the past 3 days, the temps had hit the low 90's here.
We hugged everyone goodbye, and waved as they drive off. We. Ought one last cold soft drink at the last vendor we could before crossing the railroad bridge across the Potomac River, and into Maryland. The first several miles we hiked along a busy bike path that ran along the Potomac and the C&O Canal. This was easy, level hiking, and we enjoyed it. Before long though, we were once again following the routine of climbing up out of yet another river valley, and hiked up switchback after switchback until we reached a good elevation, which we stayed at the rest of the day. Other than the occasional stretches of crippling rocks, it was a nice easy trail today.
We came to a State Park (with Coke machines) that had a memorial built to war correspondents. It was at one time the home of the most published Civil War journalist. There were some beautiful rock structures still standing, as well as some ruins. As we hiked today, we could hear Civil War battle reenactments going on just west of us, with plenty of gunfire and cannon blasts
There were not many thru-hikers on the trail today where we were. We ran into Secrets and Shenanigans, and eventually hiked into camp with a father and son from Philadelphia, who were doing the section from Harpers Ferry to Duncannon. They are named Shadow and Spider, and are camped with us tonight. Spider is just 13 but is carrying a full pack and hiked 15 miles today, just like we did. He should be proud.
At supper time, we were surprised by a black cat that kept begging for food. Swamprat, who feels that he doesn't need any help in the bad luck department, really could NOT believe it when a black cat snuggled up to him, purring. The folks at the shelter nearby said its been at the shelter for a month, and that the shelter now has no mice!
Camped at Rock Run Shelter, mile 1032.7.
- Steady and F100