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[at-l] Ready's Journal: June 24 Sunday TD 19
- Subject: [at-l] Ready's Journal: June 24 Sunday TD 19
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 20:15:50 -0500
>It was late by the time we woke up. A long hiking day had made us plenty
>tired. My legs were showing signs of the effort. They were tight, but
>surprisingly, neither my legs nor my feet hurt.
>We had breakfast and packed up camp at a leisurely pace, then hit the
>trail with the same easy manner. It was after 10:30 by the time we were
>back on the trail from the long climb out of the shelter.
>It was warmer than it had been the previous day, but not nearly so
>humid. The sky was blue, the birds were singing, and we felt strong.
>We hiked the 3.5 miles into Calednia State Park in a little under 1.5
>hours, maintaining an easy pace the whole time. At the park, we
>immediately ran into Lucky Strike, pausing after only a brief
>conversation. There were cold drinks and fast food at the park, you see.
>Spur ordered a cheeseburger, a rasberry milkshake, a large coke, and drank
>1/2 of a fruit smoothie that I had ordered. I also ate a soft pretzel,
>loaded up with mustard! Yum! 'Seems his thruhiker appetite has hit full
>throttle, while I'm still waiting for mine to kick in. Strange but, each
>day, I'll eat a candybar/powerbar snack or two, sharing them with him, and
>he can eat many candybars in a single day!
>I was most impressed with all the pines and hemlocks we passed today.
>There were also many archways of rhododendron providing shady, cool
>"tunnels" through which to walk. Frequently we found idylic scenes.
>We passed massive rock piles - one in particular caught our
>imagnations. The massive structure, some 30' high, seemed to be molten,
>the layers melting like frosting on a cake left out in the heat. We dubbed
>the structure, "Rufus Rock," since it evoked the image of that laconic
>trail dog traveling with Fruitpie. Rufus is part Sharpe and part
>We laughed a lot today, making silly jokes and recounting funny
>tales. The leisurely pace we'd been keeping made us feel like it was a
>We stopped at the Quarry Gap Shelter. This twin-building shelter, with
>high ceilings and great light - thanks to a huge skylight, is joined by an
>airy porch on which one can sit at a picnic table and enjoy a pleasant
>view. A little rock lined creek meanders in front of the shelter.
>The "innkeeper," Jim Strauch was there when we arrived, and told us that
>the creek is really lovely in early spring, but only after a large
>rainstorm would water flow in it once it gets as late as June. He also
>described his work with the PATC and how this shelter had been his design!
>Leopard was there at the shelter when we arrived. He joined in the
>conversain only briefy and then moved on. Leopard is very quiet. We had
>discovered however, that he seems to enjoy expressing himself in the log
>boks via poetry. Very lyrical and openly pensive entries. We'll be
>looking forward to reading them as we hike. I'll copy and share some with
>you down the line.
>We leapfrogged with Lucky Strike and Leopard throughout the day, meeting
>both of them at a PATC cabin just about 3 miles shy of our target shelter:
>Birch Run Shelter.
>As we hiked up the final climb to our day's destination, Spur literally
>galloped up the steep hill - filled with energy and exuberence. Although
>I too was feeling light-hearted, my feet and legs were not, and so I
>slogged up after him.
>We made it into the campsite earlier than we'd expected, and almost
>immediately found the most serene tentsite next to a clear, babbling
>brook. We made camp, prepared and ate supper (spaghetti), journaled and
>were asleep by 9:30.
>Tomorrow will be an easy 10 miles to the Iron Master's hostel (where Spur
>and I first met) where We'll enjoy more "vacation" time.
note from k....hehehehe.....another Ruck romance woohoo!