1. Date: 5/6/15
2. Day 4
3. Morning temp: 57. Later 80
4. Weather: cool clear. Later warm
5. Time start: 0730
6. Time stop and miles: 1611. 13.5
7. End point: 653 Shelter
8. Events: Seven Springs
Log: Up at 6 again and out by 0730
Good trail today. Seven Springs the highest point on the trail.
The morning dawned cool and clear again with another possible hot day ahead of us. I re-taped my feet and today I would wear my Injinji toe socks. After the day's walk, I would wonder why I didn't start out wearing these amazing socks. They really helped with my little toe blisters and felt great all day. I would definitely be buying at least one more pair after this hike.
Today I would be hiking the second two days of my 1982 hike in one day. I remember back then that I was so glad to be done at Grindle Ridge after a seven mile day. Today would be almost double that, but the climb out of Blue Hole Creek would still be as "fun" as it was all those years ago.
|Temp tattoo is wearing off a little|
|Unofficial (illegal) campsite|
|Seven Springs in the distance. That is snow showing between the towers legs.|
|Seven Spring Stables|
|Seven Springs View|
|Chillin in the shade|
|Looking back at the towers we passed.|
|One of the few potable water faucets|
|The climb out of Blue Hole Creek towards Grindle Ridge Shelter area|
|Another nice and interesting rock maze, what I started calling Squeezers|
|View looking west. Notice how the trees are still just starting to bud.|
|Graveyard near Rt 653|
At around four pm, we headed to the Rt 653 parking lot where we hoped to get some more potable water before heading down to the shelter area. This water probably was drinkable, but it came out orange and there was literally a spoonful of rust that would gather at the bottom.
Our shelter was the first one you came to on the blue blaze into the shelter area and this one had a nice little wall as it was propped up on the hillside. Any night time wandering would be a careful event.
|Shelter #3 and #4|
|Rest rooms and pump area - Rt 653 Shelter Area|
Soon it was sleep time. During the night, we would hear an owl asking us all "who cooks for you?" It was cool.
Only two more days left.
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