Woke up at 5:30 a.m. as normal and got my things ready for the trail. I did not sleep well last night. Sometimes I do and others not so much.
Today, I climbed up Smarts Mountain and Mt. Cube. Both climbs had some very steep and slippery bare rock sections. One area even had rebar put in the rock for footing. It was 90 degrees today and water sources were sparse, so it was a challenge to stay hydrated with the high heat and high exertion levels. The climbs provided great views. Again, I am pleased it did not rain, or the rock would be so slick I am not sure I could have made it up.
Set up camp, made a fire and dinner and called it a night next to a babbling brook. I think it was a 15 mile hike today. It is nice to relax at camp and reflect on the day. Hard days never seem so rough once you make it to camp…usually.
I found this song about the AT. I like it. I think it says something about a lot of hikers even if not directly on the same exact https://youtu.be/yOrQbifhEXY