1. Date: 5/7/15
2. Day 5
3. Morning temp: 59. Later 85
4. Weather: Cool, clear, followed by sunny and hot.
5. Time start: 0705
6. Time stop and miles: 1428. 11.4
7. End point: Ohiopyle Shelter
8. Events: owl, bird chase
Log: Up before six and on trail a little after seven. Day grew hot fast, but water was plentiful. The long downhill into the shelter was a killer. Tomorrow we finish.
Another cool morning greeted us as I rolled out of my bag and started the day. It was clear above and I was on the trail a little after seven. Today was a "shorter" day of about 12 miles and the start was good.
As I started out, the trail followed along a small stream for a while where this cool little falls could be heard quite a ways off. I was making my way up the hill when a really cool thing happened. A small bird came flying down the trail and passed me at about knee height. It was really quick, but I could feel it alter its course enough to avoid me and my trekking pole. Withing a fraction of a second, a second bird came by, hot on the first birds tail. It all happened in the span on about a half of a second, but it was still pretty cool. I'm guessing bird #2 was chasing some tail, literally.
|Only 15 miles left|
|Water and rest stop|
|If this isn't fair weather, I don't know what is...|
For most of my hikes I have had a lot of food left over at the end of the hike, but I had been concentrating on planning my meals better, taking into account my lower appetite when a hikes starts out, but I was starting to get the hunger now. I ate my last Mountain House meal and it was good. All I had left was breakfast, some powdered milk and a jelly packet. Perfect.
|Ohiopyle Shelters - #3 Shelter, our home for the night|
|It got green after dropping 1400 feet|
|Recommended by KJ|
|The useless, (but meaningful) shit I carry.|
|This... is... the... life...|