Sorry. I couldn’t resist that title to go with the picture. This picture is a formation called, ‘The Guillotine.’ Really, though…I am currently between a rock and a hard place right now.
I am currently in Waynesboro, VA at a hostel. I came into the hostel on Thursday, midday. I did a 20 mile slackpack yesterday with Salty Dog, marking my entry into Shenandoah National Park. (Actually, we were dropped off 20 miles ahead and we hiked South, back toward the hostel.)
Salty Dog-63 years old. Military Veteran. He was in the Navy during the tail end of the Vietnam Nam war, and helped evacuate Cambodian Refugees. He participated in’Desert Storm,’ and after his time in the military, he did Soil Testing for the Department of Agriculture. His job took him on hikes up mountains in Puerto Rico, and other hikes in the U.S. to get soil samples. As he talked about his job, I couldn’t help but think that Bud would have loved to talk to him about Geology. I saw Bud read an old Geology textbook from cover to cover once. We talked about the North American Craton, the New Madrid Fault line, how Big Bend in Texas (if my memory is correct) is an ancient reef. We talked about the fossils beds in the hill country of Texas, where we use to take the kids at a day camp I worked at, to look for fossilized sea urchins. We also talked about the Dinosaur foot prints out that way. I normally hike alone, even while slackpacking, but Salty Dog and I hiked the whole day together and I enjoyed talking to him.
(What a Dweeb-ette! I keep taking pics of myself hoping I won’t hate it as much as the others I’ve taken, but they are all bad! Oh well. I can hear my sister laughing. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying, eh?)
It poured rain the last hour of our hike. We were soaked! Again, an advantage to slackpacking, I was able to come back to the hostel, take a shower, do laundry, eat a hot meal, and sleep in a real bed. (BTW, this is Stanimal’s Hostel 2.0 of Waynesboro, VA, and it is packed! This place holds 30 people in various places on the property. More on that later. Stanimal had to turn people away last night.)
My dilemma is that there is bad rain in the forecast for Sunday, and possibly Monday. If I hike out today, I would be stuck in the Shenandoahs with no place to get off trail. There are campgrounds with coin operated showers, but in a saturated tent, I wouldn’t be dry or be able to dry out the tent. It is difficult to explain everything that is involved with hiking and camping in the rain. You won’t ‘get it’ unless you have experienced it. Add to that, when it’s hot, and things are damp or wet and it’s humid, things don’t dry out and they start to mold. Add to that…I AM SO TIRED OF THE RAIN!!!
So I am here today and tomorrow at least. It will give me time to catch up on my blog posts! I’m so behind!