Saturday, July 14, 2012

4 Months on the Trail!

Today marks 4 months of being on the Appalachian Trail for us. Happy Anniversary to us!

It started off with an extremely steep climb from the top of the mountain we were camped on down to the banks of the Housatonic River. At one point, while descending, I heard Keith say quietly behind me, "This is treacherous." I definitely agreed. I focused really hard and took my time so I would not trip. It would not have been a pretty fall.

Once we got down though, it was a really lovely 4-mile level hike along the banks of the Housatonic. It's a wide, shallow river, quite clear, with lots of large rocks in it. The water's low right now, but you can tell when it's high, it has a lot of white water. Occasionally we would pass fly fishermen out in the water. We stopped once at a sandy beach and cleaned up some.

We stopped for a lunch break and ate with Jaybird. I was already tired and laid down for a while. It was a really warm and especially humid day, and we were all getting tired. The afternoon was not flat at all though - lots of hills, one after another, and by the time we reached camp, all I wanted to to was eat and go to sleep. And that's exactly what I did. I was asleep before 8:30.

There was another hiker in camp that night, an extremely tall woman named Pippy. She was hiking south. She had pigtails, so I guess that's where she got her name.

- Steady and F100

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