6/2 Chestnut Knob Shelter (14)

June 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

We slept in well past bird o’clock; our time in town has taken a toll on our internal clocks. We packed up just in time for the rain to start, which meant we had a dry tent at least. It rained all day again, soaking the obstacle course of ladders that spanned dozens of barbed wire fences. We walked through a lot of farmland today and spooked some very affronted cows in the trail. It was fortunate that we were already hyper vigilant about our footing on the slick ground since these gentle yet passive-aggressive conspirators had left a series of land mines in our trail. Nothing inspires more commiseration in a hiker than a giant cow patty with a footprint squarely in the middle of it.

We reached the shelter looking pretty sad and soggy and were received with a grand welcome by Tom and Al (now Nameless and Smiles), Don Quixote, Scaredy Cat, Galoot, Wings and others. It was a full house in the old stone rangers cabin, but someone gave up a spot for us and DQ managed to get a fire going with wet wood. It was a very peaceful sleep with the rain on the roof.

Mark was weirdly attached to this shrine to Little Debbie.