1. Date: 5/5/15
2. Day 3
3. Morning temp: 60
4. Weather: Mild with clouds. Little rain. Some sun.
5. Time start: 0730
6. Time stop and miles: 1634 13.4 miles
7. End point: Route 31 Shelter
8. Events: hills, pleated wood pecker
Log: A warm morning with clouds overhead. Some rain for about an hour. Lots of water today. Drank a lot. Passed Halfway point. Everything going good.
|Wherever you go, there you are... EarthTone|
The morning was much milder this morning at 0600 when we both started to get up. I went through my routine and KJ Claymored his gear over half the shelter as he organized his stuff.
I was ready to go at 0730 and off I went. KJ would follow when he was ready. He would catch me in about two hours. When I head off ahead like this, I like to just mosey around, checking things out. Not really hiking fast, as we have all day. The temps were already in the 60s and would climb towards 80 later in the day. I described in my notes as the weather being Mile with Clouds. Today, we were supposed to get some rain and I would be able to try out my new piece of gear.
|Rock outcropping from guide|
|New umbrella gear|
|Bright Trillium showing its stuff|
|View from Beam Rocks|
At around 4:30 pm, we came to the shelter sign for the Rt 31 Shelters. We headed to our Shelter #3 and dropped our gear. This shelter area is where I had stayed twice before. The first time was in the early 80s, when we took that nice three day trip south from this point. I had also come back in the late 90s with my wife, kids, sister and her kids and did an overnighter that mimicked the start of my 1982 hike. It is a decent shelter area, but we couldn't find Shelter #5.
|Rt 31 Shelter|
|Shelter #3 at Rt 31 Shelter Area|
The Ranger finally visited us on this evening. He was pretty much just checking to see if we were still out there (and probably that we were following the rules). We had some good conversation and then he was on his way.
KJ made a fire outside the shelter this night and I was too tired to make one inside, so before long, my hiking midnight would come and I would be curled up in my sleeping bag on my messed up sleeping pad, but my sleep this night would be a little less spinning and a little more dreaming.
Tomorrow, Seven Springs...
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