Day 87: Unionville, NY to Prospect Rock
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Hopefully you are warm and dry reading this! I'm neither while writing this. Definitely the most miserable night so far is ahead for the main reason that everything is wet. I've been meaning for so long to better waterproof my pack, but I didn't. (though it likely wouldn't make a difference at this time)
Bottom line is for the last two hours we hiked out of New Jersey and into New York in nasty heavy rain. At least I can pretend to be celebrating this milestone... With cold dinner and conversation through tent walls with Willard. Of course misery loves company, or in this case, when miserable it's awesome to have company. (and make sure you don't start slipping into hypothermia, since if my writings get crazy it'll likely be much too late for any of you to help)
So we got wet and then managed to find a piece of level ground big enough for two tents and not covered in rocks... Quite a feat in itself. The trail was really ugly these last few miles. Standin water, rough rocks, slippery bog boards, and really slippery rocks up at the top of this ridgeline. Managed to set up the tent without getting the inside soaked, but that wasn't comforting when I had to get into the tent...I took off all my wet stuff and wrung it out, probably nearly a cups worth of water. I'm still wearing the wet stuff hoping that it will somewhat dry before I get into my sleeping bag. Doesn't seem to be working so far.
My pack cover is far from waterproof so my sleeping bag is already somewhat wet and I'm not even in it yet. My feet look like blond raisins, my hands are waterlogged too, and my spirits are kind of watered down. From some section hikers holed up in the last shelter the weather
report is more of the same tomorrow. I jokingly sang "the sun'll come out tomorrow" but wouldn't that be nice to wake up to.
The day actually started out nicely! Bill woke us up at 6:30 with breakfast which was excellent. Did some packing, checked the Internet, and hit the road by 8. (I say hit the road because I had to walk along the road before I could "hit the trail" ) The morning involved a short roadwalk, a mile long boardwalk, suspension bridge, walk around a wetland wildlife sanctuary with lots of birds (I saw 2 orioles, amazingly bright orange!) and easy walking for hikers.
A couple decent climbs and lunch at the Heaven Hill Farm. It's a crafty kind of store that sells flowers, plants, baked goods, crafts, and ice cream. We ate our own lunch outside and then finished it off with ice cream and a hot muffin. (I'm shivering thinking about the ice cream!)
So despite sitting in wet clothes in a wet tent with a wet sleeping bag to embrace me all night, I'll find a way to pull through and tackle another day on the AT. We keep repeating at times like this: " no rain, no pain, no Maine!"