8/13 Tom Leonard Shelter (6.4)

September 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

We got a bit of a late start today.  Actually, we spent most of the day in Great Barrington and basically nearoed in to the Tom Leonard Shelter, which was a short 6 miles up and out of town.  Most of the day was spent lazing around town, which proved to be more stressful than we expected.  We seem to have forgotten how to tune out the daily noises of civilized life; the traffic with all of its beeping and buzzing was cracking our veneer.  But, we survived the rigors of walking around flat paved areas and headed back into the woods eventually (thanks Deb and Bill for chauffeuring us around with our wide-eyed thru hiker misanthropy).

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A soggy looking Great Barrington.

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Good old Kitchen Sink hobnobbing with the fine people of Western Mass.

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Mark found this sign.

The hike out was lovely, ascending a bit steeply and levelling out for a view at sunset.

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Right after sunset, however, we ran into another popup rainstorm.  The thunder gathered itself for a few minutes while we scoffed at what seemed like an unlikely shower, and then promptly soaked us through to the bone.  As the downpour began right at dusk, we broke into a run and I found myself leaping into the shelter just in time for Talker and I to blind each other with headlamps as I landed right in front of him.  We both yelled for a minute, and then calmed down and waited for the others.  Mark and The Voice weren’t far behind, and we had the shelter to ourselves as Delorean, Saga, and Talker had already set up for the night.  It was a rainy reunion at the shelter!