Cherry Gap to Stan Murray Shelter

I’m going to keep this post brief just to catch up after almost two days of no cell coverage. I walked 22 miles and have two things to report:
1. It rained and rained and rained.
2. My rain gear worked as advertised.
My Arc’teryx rain jacket is fantastic and is probably my most important piece of clothing, my Patagonia rain pants are lightweight and get used everyday either for warmth or protection from wind and rain, and my Smartwool socks keep my feet warm and blister free even when they are soaked all day long.
When it’s raining hard all day you spend a lot of time looking down at the trail. Check out this photo of the salamander I saw on the trail. I wonder what evolutionary purpose the bright orange color serves?

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About The Man in My Shoes

Since retiring in 2012 I am enjoying the freedom of being able to make my own decisions about how I spend my time and am taking advantage of the opportunities that I have to spend more time with my family, explore, learn, and pursue my dreams and goals. I look forward to writing about these pursuits and hope you enjoy reading about them.
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3 Responses to Cherry Gap to Stan Murray Shelter

  1. Joe says:

    That is a red eft, the juvenile form of the Red Spotted Newt/Salamander (Notophthalmus viridescens). Its color serves as a warning because it is toxic. There is another eft that is also orange but isn’t toxic, I can’t remember what it is called or where it lives. Anyway, things don’t eat it either. By the way, I think you asked that question because you knew that I would have to reply. Happy hiking!!

  2. Annette says:

    I am glad that you are posting what and how your gear is working. My good friends Marybeth and David are hiking this summer in Wales as they have for the past several summers. Marybeth told me that based on your earlier list of all your gear, they went to REI and bought some gear that you recommend for their hike. It’s amazing how warm your socks are when they are soaking wet!

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