Brrrrr…hiked 18.4 miles today from Bland, Virginia to Kimberling Creek in the rain. It was about 45 degrees all day long and fairly windy. I was soaking wet everywhere.
The trail was in pretty good shape today. There were not any distant views today, as I was literally in the clouds.
However, the green plants seemed to be extra green today. Mostly, I was hiking on a rocky ridge today.
I also passed the 600 mile mark today. WHAT!!!
Backpacking can be a very dirty endeavour. The trail was full of water, the clay soils were slippery. I was very dirty today, no question.
Near the end of the days hike, I crossed a cool suspension bridge over a river. The bridge swayed and bobbed as I crossed over.
My feet were soaked in water all day. I am going to let them dry out tonight, they are in need of some TLC. Tonight, I also decided to stay at the Lickskillet Hostel to dry out. It is in a old church and it feels like a cozy place, just one big room. There are nine people here tonight. The owner took me to an Amish Deli, where they made me an incredible sandwich for $4.99. In the room is a small propane heater as the only heat source.
At the end of the day, it really is the small things in life that I most appreciate, like good company, good food and good views. I do not need all the things in life we accumulate, just not for me. I have some things at home I value, but I value relationships and experiences too and I think this trip is making me value them even more and the things even less, generally.
I miss everyone and hope everyone is well. Hope I am missed at least just a little bit.😎