Brown Mountain Creek Shelter
Mile Marker 806 (20 Miles)
I left Satanimal’s (1.0) in Glasgow, VA at 7:30 a.m. with a heavy backpack laden with 5 days worth of food. It was pouring rain, but as I mentioned, I’m trying not to get bogged down in Virginia. Also, that many people in a house with one real toilet and shower was making me nervous. Also, the small rooms with the dead Sasquatches…I didn’t want to tarry there. Off into the rain I went!
Thankfully, it only rained for about an hour. Then it was foggy, overcast and humid. There was LOTS of mud!! I saw the sun trying to peek out toward the end of the day.
I only saw a few hikers on the trail this day. I’ve also had some nagging blisters where my heel meets the sole. They were callouses that got wet and soft and they formed a bubble underneath. They come and go. They were starting to hurt on this day.
(The James River)
(Footbridge across the James River.)
(Downtown Glasgow, Virginia in the rain. I liked the clouds on the mountains.)
The tentsites for my shelter destination were on the opposite side of the creek and down the way from the shelter. I threw a mighty fine bear bag line after I ate. (I was alone there.) I went into my tent early, and I heard someone say, “Hello? I don’t mean to scare you, but I saw a bear about a mile back. You might want to hang your bear bag higher!” I told him ‘thanks’ through the wall of my tent and went to sleep. I had thrown one of my better bear bags and it was at least 12 feet off the ground and 6 feet away from the trunk.
It rained that night. I had another bad dream where I yelled out. I was embarrassed, even though no one was there to hear it.
One last thing…all hikers stink…myself included…but a little hygiene goes a long way. Sometimes it can’t be helped, (like if you are stopping at a deli in New York that is 1/2 mile off the trail and you are hiking to a shelter that night. But if you are going to a hostel where you can take a shower, and you choose to be dropped off at a sit-down restaurant on the way when you know you smell that bad…that’s just bad form and rude! Most thru hikers clean up nicely, and they don’t stink after a shower. If a backpack stinks, it can be left outside. At this hostel, you can leave them in the basement. I also have to say that I REALLY LIKE these particular Sasquatches!! I am always happy to see them. I can’t say that there are any hikers I’ve met that I don’t like.
Just my two cents. It’s my blog and I can say what I want to. If you don’t like my opinion, no one is making you read it.