Got back on the early schedule today and we were up by 6am and packed and fed by 7am to hit the trail. Another cold morning so we started with our longjohns on under our clothes. Luckily, we had a climb right at the beginning to help us warm up.
It was a beautiful blue sky day and we had nice views from the ridge for much of the day. We hiked along the same ridge all day without really having much up and down.
We stopped in a shelter which is said to have a couple black racer snakes residing in it. We were hoping to get some photos but the snakes were absent when we arrived. We heard from another hiker that one of the snakes dropped from the ceiling in the shelter right next to a hiker’s head a couple weeks ago.
We did see a black racer snake on the trail today. We have been on the lookout for snakes as the section in PA is known for having lots of rattlesnakes and copperheads.
Hiked with another hiker named Firewalker for most of the afternoon today. He is an instructor in fire walking and told us a lot about it….its great to meet such a variety of interesting people out on the trail.
We had planned to hike over 20 miles today, but stopped at a shelter that was just under 17 as the location was so nice and Beardo’s shins were just staring to hurt a little. We got in around 3:30, so we had time to relax, sit in the sun and even play some cards (yes, Sweet Pea has succumbed to carrying a deck of cards).
With the terrain so rocky, we have had to secure all of our tarp tie outs with rocks and to other trees when possible, rather than staking in the ground.
Daily Distance: 16.8
Trip Distance: 945.8