Thankfully, the rain was gone by morning, but I still had to pack up a wet tent. A wet tent makes for a heavier backpack! I had more rocks and mud, but the trail had flattened out a lot! The bugs have been bad due to all of the standing water.
I have been starting to hike each day between 6-6:30 a.m. I like to get most of my hiking done early before it really starts heating up.
The Washington Monument was right near the trail. It’s my understanding that this is the first monument made to George Washington.
Not sure if you can tell, but this is a picture of a doe and a fawn. I have seen so many of them this spring! They are so cute!!
I stopped at lunch to dry my tent. Bud got a replacement part for my broken tent pole to my Big Agnes Copper Spur 2, and fixed it. I have missed the space and headroom of this tent!
Bud also recoated the tent with water repellent. Thank you, Bud. I don’t know what I would do without you! He is the other half of the team. I wouldn’t have made it this far without everything he does for me behind the scenes! …maildrops, making my reservations, taking care of replacements for broken gear, getting things I discover I need in a maildrop, praying for me, listening to me, giving advice, taking early morning calls (my favorite time to call, often waking him up since I am an hour ahead), making updates on my Facebook group, etc. This is on top of taking care of the home, chickens and cat! He even had to tend to a chicken (one of my favorites) who had gotten ‘fly strike’.
Fly Strike is when flies lay eggs close to a hen’s vent (poop chute and egg chute). When the eggs hatch, the maggots start eating the skin around the vent and burrowing into the skin as they eat it. This will kill the hen if it is not treated. Treatment involves giving the hen an epsom salt bath 2-3 times a day to kill the maggots, which Bud did! He also had to keep her inside in a cage until the wound healed.
Bud, you are my hero. I love you!❤️ …and thank you from the bottom of my heart…for everything. You will never know how much everything you do means to me!
I landed at Raven Rock Shelter
Mile Marker 1060.8