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[at-l] Ready's Journal:: June 22 Friday TD 17
- Subject: [at-l] Ready's Journal:: June 22 Friday TD 17
- From: email@example.com (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 14:09:29 -0500
>During the night, the storm came in with a vengeance. The large church
>group, who'd been sleeping under the stars next to our site, made a noisy
>bee line for their tents at the other end of the camp grounds. The
>thunder and lightening crashed and flashed, and I....slept through it
>all! Spur told me all about it in the morning.
>We snuggled as we awakened to the continuing sound of rain. We discussed
>making some hot chcolate and coffee and making a leisurely breakfast out
>of the situation. We opted to cuddle some more, instead. I'll bet lots
>of newlyweds carry out more hot chocolate than they thought they would.
>We fell asleep, awakening again near 9 AM. This time we did get up, since
>the rain had stopped, and thruhikes - we'd reasoned - don't get
>accomplished by napping. Well, usually... right Datto?
>It was slow getting out of camp - 10 AM! The only real climb of the day
>came early, and it wasn't so bad. I had tons of energy and charged up it,
>while Spur lagged behind, listless.
>We hiked this way for the first hour - me with energy to spare and Spur
>feeling lethargic. We stopped for soda at the Washington Monument. There
>we also checked our email and I learned that my pocketmail device has some
>apparent defects. We'll be working on that soon.
>An afterschool program from the Frederick County YMCA was enjoying a field
>trip to this site; I enjoyed watching the wonderful interaction between
>the kids and counselors. This looked like a really solid program and I was
>Over an hour had passed, and we had now only gone 2 miles in 2
>hours. Hmmm. 'Made us reconsider our plans to do a 21-mile day. We
>decided instead to walk and simply see what we wanted to do as the day
>We stopped at the monument, itself, just off the trail. It is an urn
>shaped stone structure erected by the people in the area to honor George
>Washington. We climbed up its narrow staircase to the overlook on top and
>enjoyed a splendid view, in spite of the haze.
>We continued hiking at a moderate pace. Spur was still feeling low on
>energy and had eaten virtually all of his snacks in an effort to gain some
>get-up-and-go -- with little success.
>The trail today was very rocky, and very slick, due to all the
>rain. There was evidence everywhere of flash flooding. To make matters
>even more difficult, poison ivy was almost everywhere - even on the trail,
>We came to one particularly rocky climb, and I too began to lose stamina.
>It must have been a combintion of yesterday's high mileage - 16+ miles
>after 1:45 PM and the extremely high humidity today. Our energy was sapped.
>We stopped to eat lunch at the Pine Knob sheler. We rested some more, read
>and signed the log book, and studied the map. We determined that we should
>cut our plans short, heading for the Ensign Cowall shelter only 8 miles
>farther up the trail. This would bring our mileage to about 14 today,
>instead of 21 - much more manageable for our tired bodies and minds.
>We pushed off again. We passed '98
>thruhiker, Seeker, on the way out of the shelter. We chatted a little and
>he offered to take our trash out for us. We handed him a teeny ziplock
>bag of mostly candy wrappers - we hadn't generated much trash yet.
>He was eagerto know if any of the '98 thruhikers that we knew were among
>the ones he'd hiked with. No common ground there. This exchange made me
>acutely aware of how much a former thruhiker must miss the experience of
>being on the trail, and all the more grateful to be experiencing it now.
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