May 10, 2000

Brown Mountain Creek Shelter, Va 18 Miles Hiked Today 785 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

Punchbowl shelter and pondToday did not go as expected. First, I was very tired from only getting 3 1/2 hours of sleep (the heat and "no-see-um bugs tore me up). Then, I expected to have to hike more uphill that we actually did, although there was one big climb. I also thought it would be really hot. Instead of all that, I didn't feel tired, the climbs weren't that bad, the high was only 85 degrees, and not only did we have some spectacular scenery (high mountain overlooks, running streams, a rare woodpecker, old-growth forest) but right after we got to the shelter we got Trail Magic. Two 60 year-olds, Flash and Hot Flash, hiked in bringing cold Pepsi and homemade cookies just for us thru-hikers. They had thru-hiked before and still hike together today. They were so nice and cool to talk to and had hiked in four miles jut to bring snacks.

Previous Journal Entry Next Journal Entry