We saw lots of wildlife this morning before we even got back to the trailhead. Deer, birds, baby bunnies, red and grey squirrels, and a ground hog were all out for a morning romp. The most exciting was a black bear picking through a “bear safe” trash receptacle. So much for don’t feed the Bears.
Today was also blessed with some fabulous views.
A single strawberry was waiting for me to pick and enjoy as well as blueberries again. Glad there was only one strawberry. After plucking it swiftly and tossing it down the hatch I noticed it had grown under a poison ivy patch. Yikes, again. If there were more who knows how long I would have harvested the treats. I need to watch out more carefully for that stuff. Too many times I act without inspecting.
Here I signed a trail register. I was able to see that several of my fellow hikers are way ahead of me. I didn’t see anyone on the trail today. Well, not any NOBO hikers. I did see 3 sets of 2 south bound hikers though.
Hubby Bear meet me about 14.7 miles out today for a snack and quick rest. I rehydrated, had a snack and aired my feet. I redressed my feet and headed off to get in another 5.2 miles since the day was early. But after entering the trail again my toes immediately started to burn. I think they swelled a little after removing my boots. That was the end of the day for me. I decided not to push it. I fell short of today’s mileage. Oh, well.
Back at the hotel, yup, hiking in luxury still, I cooked our dinner in our room. I was able to boil fresh veggies we bought at a farmer’s market we passed. Yummy.
We finished the day with a soak in the hot tub and ice bath for my feet. All is great out here on the trail. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.