Decisions, decisions, decisions, so hard to do sometimes

Today was an extremely easy day as far as the trail went. There was only on major climb compared to what we have been doing the last several days. It was a 400 foot ascent with several short switch backs. It was easy but much harder then lately. The rest of the day was sweet with well maintained trails and soft foot paths.  

The lowest point today was 374 feet elevation and the highest was 1329 feet. A top one ridge was an American flag painting  

 as a September 11 memorial. I stopped and said a prayer. 

 I had a second breakfast at this shelter. It is the Ralph’s Peak Hiker Cabin. This is an extremely nice shelter. It was originally a real cabin and then one wall was removed to make it a three sided shelter. It is very nice. 

  Saw this sign today. I have no dea what it means. I thought all water runs downhill anyways. 
  This tree is huge. I’d say it’s been around a long time. 
Had lunch at this deli just off the trail. Nana Bear meet the pervious owners and she suggested we go there when I arrived at this area. So we did. I brought my own Gluten Free bread in and they made me a very tasty sandwich. Just what I needed to finishing miles in a hurry. 

A storm was coming in. I was trying to decide if I should stop there for the day or continue to get my miles in.  Tomorrows weather looks even worse. Decisions, decisions, decisions, they are so hard to make. I decided to complete the five mile for today and camp in the car tonight close to the trail. That way when I wake up I can hopefully get a few miles in before the storm hits. Hubby Bear will leap frog ahead and check on me at each crossing. I don’t mind rain but severe T-storms are also predicted. I can’t hike according to the weather because I’d never hike. It’s a good guide but I can’t use it solely to plan my day. 

For now we are resting uncomfortably in the vehicle.

 A soft rain has started. I guess I should set up our bedding before it down pours. 

We will see what tomorrow brings when we wake up. Until then Happy Hiking. 

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.