Just a short post about yesterday…The Princess, Whiskers and Rocket got in one car and I got in my truck and left home at 7:15 a.m. to drive to the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot. There we dropped off my truck, I hopped in with them and we drove back to Sinking Creek. We got there at 9:00 and starting hiking. I think the Princess was a little worried about us because of the weather. Fortunately we only had to deal with rain, wind and cool temperatures which can be tough but we’ve got plenty of experience now and we used a combination of changing layers and hiking fast to keep our body temperatures right.
The first 20 miles was very rainy with a few rumbles of thunder in the distance but nothing close. (If lightning gets close I will head for lower ground and hunker down until it passes.) We did a lot of climbing, culminating with a long climb up Brush Mountain to the Audie Murphy Memorial. The memorial commemorates the place where the most decorated soldier of WWII died in a plane crash in 1971. If you don’t know about Audie Murphy, Google him.
After the memorial we had a long downhill and then hiked on to Dragon’s Tooth, a well known hiking location in the area. Along the way we had to do a lot of rock scrambling and then walked through a flooded stream – there was no option but to walk through it. After Dragon’s Tooth we had even more difficult rock scrambles to get down and the final challenge was another flooded stream but this one was only two-tenths of a mile from where my truck was parked so it didn’t bother us. Our feet had been soaked the entire day anyway so we were really just getting a fresh water rinse of our shoes.
The truck was there, the sketchy person the Princess described in her post had not stolen it. So we hopped in and headed home. We arrived (at 8:30 p.m.) to another great dinner compliments of the Princess (veggie chili) and did laundry to get ready for the next day. The Princess set up a very ingenious drying room in our laundry room using a portable heater and a fan, which will allow us to at least start the day with dry shoes and clothes.
We were all pretty exhausted! It had been a long day and the combination of the hiking in the bad weather plus the driving really wore us out. So we all went to sleep early.
You may wonder why we don’t just take a zero when the weather forecast calls for rain. There is a saying that, “If you wanna get to Maine, you gotta walk in the rain”. On average it rains one out of every four days on the trail, so if you don’t hike in the rain you really wouldn’t make it to Maine before the snow closes out Mt. Katahdin, the AT endpoint for us northbounders.
Next up…Dragon’s Tooth to Daleville with the highlight being McAfee Knob, the most photographed spot on the AT. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get some good photos to post.