|Ginger greeting the day|
It was so cold, my alcohol stove didn't want to light. Luckily the fire was going nice and there was a spot to set the pot, so I used the fire to heat my water. The problem with alcohol stoves at cold temperatures is the alcohol needs to vaporize and that is what catches aflame. It was so cold that the alcohol wouldn't evaporate and therefore I couldn't get it lit with my ferro rod.
The fire did its job and I had some hot coffee and cold cereal for breakfast. Ginger had a nice helping of dry dog food and I slowly got everything packed and ready to go.
We set out on the trail at around 0900. The trail quickly heads up Lamb's Knoll, named after a family by the name of Lamb who farmed the summit in the 1830s. It is the second tallest peak on South Mountain in Maryland. Shortly after crossing the road that leads to the peak, I searched for and found my last geocache of the trip. The hint was right on and I quickly saw a place to look for the cache after bushwhacking for a while and there it was. We ambled along the trail, neither one of us in a hurry. Pileated woodpeckers would belt out their laugh like call and their pounding would echo deeply throughout the forest. Ginger would stop and wonder what the bass like rapping was every once and a while.
|What a view|
|I know you have a snack in your hand|
It was just another .6 of a mile until our blue blaze trail down to the cabin and not even 1030 yet, so slow going was the rule of the day. Before long we came to the sign that told us to now follow the blazes colored blue instead of white, and they headed down hill. We would move to almost the bottom of this valley before our hike was done for the day. About 560 feet in elevation.