Today, I hiked about 17 miles and found a stealth campsite along a creek, just a little north of Clarendon Shelter.
Pretty early in the morning I passed Little Rock Pond. It was scenic, so I stopped, sat down, had a snake and took in the view. The pond was full of minnows, salamanders, waterbugs and more. Would have made for a great swim, but I did not. Was too
early to get my hair wet and ruin my highly styled hair. ha
At lunch time, I stopped and ate lunch at a little waterfall and also took the shoes off and relaxed some. I try to take/make time to enjoy the really nice spots.
Towards the end of the day stopped at Clarendon Gorge and went for a dip in the river for a while. The water was refreshingly cool.
After that, put the backpack on and hiked out of the gorge. Maybe for about half a mile it was almost straight up and climbing boulders. After that it was just gentle rolling hills.
It was a rather fine day. The insects were not too bad in this area. The feet look pretty good all things considered, still dealing with a compressed nerve in each foot near the bottom ball of the foot. I suspect I will deal, until the end of the hike. A lot of hikers have this. It happens when the foot loses fat to cushion the nerve.
Time to lay down. Have a great week everyone.