7/23 Palmerton (Scranton) (18)

July 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

It was Palmerton or bust today.  Mark’s Aunt Judy offered very kindly to pick us up and deliver us to the hospitality of Scranton!  We figured today wouldn’t be anything we hadn’t seen yet, so we expected to make pretty decent time.  We were wrong, of course.

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After many miles of this, we made our way painstakingly through the worst of it to find that we had no water, of course.

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We had expected to be off the mountain an hour earlier, but the going was slow.  Fortunately, we found some trail magic water just when we needed it.  The locals in PA have made this state not only bearable but actually really amazing.  A little late but victorious, we left the wood line to emerge above the river.

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We practically ran down the mountain and across the bridge to showers, beds, great food, and climate control at the Casa de Santoski. 

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We even managed a surprise visit:

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Thanks for everything, Aunt Judy!

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