Zero days are too short

Today was amazing. Daleville, VA and Troutville, VA are really cute towns that the A.T. crosses through. We first entered Daleville late yesterday afternoon after what seemed like an endless hike and we each retired to our own hotels. GQ an Walking Man to theirs and Bruce and I to ours. I enjoyed the luxury of 8 fluffy pillows, well 6, I had to share 2 of them. But my night was way too short. 

Morning came way to early for some reason. I was wide awake and starving at 2:45am and never went back to bed. I tried to quietly sort all my hiking gear and not bother Bruce. He finally gave up on sleeping and joined me. We had breakfast at 6am. By 7am we tried to go back to sleep, one of us succeeded. I showered and got dressed and continued playing in my gear while Bruce snored away until 8am. I did at least rest my feet awhile during his conference call but no shut-eye for me. 

Zero day chores never seem to end. There is always laundry, grocery shopping and other tedious tasks that must be done. We did hike 1.5 miles from Daleville to Troutville. A very nice woodsie path through the woods and around a small knob. Walking Man andI slack packed. GQ manned it out. I worey new outfit and was able to jog the distance. Bruceet us at the other end. He hiked in a bit but I didn’t even wait for him. I continued my pack free trot. But today we also got to shop at a nice little outfitter. I have new shorts, tank top and light weight gaitors to strut my stuff in tomorrow. That is, if they dry. I treated all my hiking clothes and gear with permethrin to keep the ticks and bugs at bay. It is a little after 9pm and they still are not dry. I left them on the grass to dry in the hot sun while we went to dinner but the temp dropped and dew formed already and the clothes are wetter then before  I left for tonight’s feast at Cracker Barrel. Normally this wouldn’t bother me. I have had to don wet gear on many a morning but permethrin is toxic when wet and harmless once it dries and binds to the fabric. So tomorrow’s hiking attire could be my cute little cotton mini skirt and a long sleeved LLBean camp shirt. WHOO HOO. Could be enteresting. 

Happy Hiking Everyone. This bear needs her sleep now. 

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.