Woke up this morning and I could see my breath in the cool mountain air that settled over me. The sunrise was nice and a great way to start the morning, with the sound of a babbling creek.
I also left Connecticut and entered Massachusetts today.
Today was a challenging day of hiking. I went up and down three different mountains. Some of the climbs/descents were up/down 100 foot shear rock faces or more. It was slow going. On top of the mountains were great views. I was totally exposed to the hot, intense sun on the rocky ridges. Getting back into tree cover, it felt 20 degrees cooler. Ahhhhhhh.
Water was also in short supply today. There was enough water in a few springs/creeks though. Some of it was ice cold somehow. Towards the end of the day, I came across some trail magic when it was most needed of ice cold water in jugs. As I was sitting there, the trail angel came to add more ice and water and we chatted a while. She has been doing this for 18 years. Way cool!
After trail magic, I kept hiking. Got to Jug Bottom, which is a ridge. Two hikers and I sat down on the cliff pondering if we should set up camp or go down the cliff. We all ate food for energy and for our brains. After eating we decided to go down the cliff. Slow going, but made it down. Then I hiked through a mosquito infested swamp. It was a pretty swamp for sure, would have camped there if I was hoping to see a swamp monster. Haha.
Hiked through some scenic farm fields and past a monument to the final battle of Shays Rebellion. Way cool, remember this from school.
Made it to town for resupply, but got in too late, so will zero tomorrow and do it then. Two hikers and I got some town food 30 minutes before the restaurant closed.