Appalachian Trail Day 65
Day 65, 05-03-01
Harpers Creek – Paul Wolfe Memorial Shelter
22.3 miles, AT – 836.6 – 1,700 feet
6:20 AM 3:40 PM 85°
I slept well last night. Not too cold. Around 4 AM I put on my shirt and zipped up. No pants or hat or socks.
I hit the trail at 6:20 AM. Al and Bill blue blazed but it turned out to be not worth it. They hiked 3.8 miles and I did 6 over a huge mountain and it only took me 5 minutes more than them. We snacked at Maupin Field Shelter.
The closer I got to lunch, the more hungry I got. We stopped for lunch but at the wrong spot. We were suppose to be at Cedar Cliffs. I left there and when I got to Dripping Rock, I removed my pack to douse my head and stepped on a bull frog. Al arrived and pointed out there was a snake right in front of me. It has a Lizard Frog in its mouth. It backed into a hole but the poor frog couldn’t fit.
There was a class of students studying flowers too. All girls. It was visual overload.
Once I got over Humpback Rocks, I got into an awesome groove. I was flying along. I made great time and got to the shelter by 3:40 PM. I cleaned up, settled in and ate. We have a full house too. BA, Surefoot, Easyglider, Red. Tangent, Two Speed, Crash, Burn, Al, Bill and I.
I thought Crash and Burn were guys and it turns out they are girls right out of high school. Burn has some funky glasses.
Scatman 2011- I remember Al and Bill being amazed that I did over two miles more than them and was only 5 minutes behind them. It probably helped I was half Al’s age and a little over half of Bill’s. Humpback Rocks was a scramble and it seemed so out of place. It was just a pile of granite rocks that made up a climb.
It was around this time that I met the people I would hike with the rest of the time on the trail. I didn’t leave Al and Bill but there were a lot of first time encounters.
Get out there!