May 23, 2000

Dick's Dome Shelter, Va 15 Miles Hiked Today 963 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

Got on trail at 10:00 and did my miles by 4:30. It rained most of the day and the hike was boring. It was definitely a day of hiking in "The Green Tunnel." There were no views, just trees and flowers and weeds. This shelter sucks, also. Its very old, octagonal (making it hard to arrange sleeping bags), and has no overhang under which to eat out of the rain. I guess I should be thankful for the dry place to sleep.

The only wildlife today were a few deer and a hummingbird. I had also seen a hummingbird, and a few Orioles, in Shenandoah N.P.

Tonight is my first night without a sleeping bag. Its just me, my bivy sack, and two thin blankets. The low is supposed to be 52 degrees. I think I'll start out with some clothes on as I think I may need them.

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