Thursday, April 26, 2012

Snow, ya I said snow. 4-22??

I woke up a few mornings ago at 6 to go to the bathroom and it was chilly out but not too bad, and I went back to sleep. Two hours later I woke up to a frozen winter wonderland, with 7 days until May! I put on my "winter" clothes consisting of a long sleeved poly blend shirt, semi water resistant pants, a fleece, my lightweight rain/water proof jacket, and a hat, and begin my trudge through frozen Virginia. When I started there was an inch of snow and it was coming down, hard. As I continued I came across some section hikers ( only doing a short hike of a small section of the trail ) they told me that they had to turn around because they could not see the trail and that they were going home. I asked if they had any food, and they gave me a few rice and pasta sides, and headed down the mountain. I pressed on and it was difficult to see the trail but I did my best to clear it off for the people behind me. When I did make it to the next shelter I could hardly see the sign or trail so I marked in the snow a big S with an arrow pointing left towards the shelter. Upon arriving there I immediately began searching for anything to burn, and found a paper back book, and an old birds nest, both of which gave birth to probably the biggest fire I have ever made. The wood was stacked to about my shoulders and it was WARM! The next day was still cold but by 3 or 4 you never would have known it had snowed.
Puppy is still doing well, I passed a 300 year old oak, and crossed what is called the dragons tooth definitely the most difficult terrain yet, and it had to be pouring down rain. I'm still loving life on the trail though!

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