Summer Day 35


Heavy rain last night made for a late start this morning. The benefit to the rain was bringing all our nearby fellow hikers to the shelter and the sociality was nice. It's amazing how many different types of people we've met after just a few days. But the later start and still nursing some pain from yesterday's hike caused us to shorten our mileage goal for the day and stop at an intermediate shelter only 6 miles along the trail. My pride was a little wounded that we're deviating from Plan A already, but the afternoon to relax and rest has been delightful. The quiet of the forest is perfection and a chance to wash in the stream was rejuvenating. As I lay here typing I am reminded that I am out here not for a badge with a number on it, but to be in the green.


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