6/21 Johns Hollow Shelter (16.3)

June 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Today I woke up with a cold, despite the 90 degree weather that just started.  I think my internal temperature finally adjusted to the freezing mountains and is now confounded about why I entered a new climate.  In any event, it was overcompensating all day with a slight fever and I felt like my autoimmune system and the state of Virginia were in direct competition to see who could make me warmer.

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Of course, I did get to start my morning on part of a castle, so the other details of the day are secondary.

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It was at this very view spot, in fact, that we witnessed the hiding of treasure.  We have completely reverted to childhood on the AT; we no longer know how to drive a car or balance a budget, but we can absolutely help another man in his twenties who carries a bow with hiding a serpent orb on a cliff.  To illustrate our regression, here is Mark and Uke looking lovingly into each others’ eyes:

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We descended way down into the James River today and crossed the William Foot Foot Bridge (A lifelong hiker and AMC member, his last name was also actually Foot).

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The water was beautiful in the afternoon light, although I was dragging pretty badly even after a mostly downhill day.

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We camped a few miles after the James River and I proceeded to keep our neighbors awake with loud nose honking throughout the night.  Our next laundry stop will involve cleaning my bandana.