Monday June 12, 2017 

Some where in the woods 15.9 miles

Total mileage 603.4

First of all I have hiked over 600 trail miles. Which does not include all the side trails to the shelters, water sources and privies. It’s hard to believe I have come so far and yet am not even close to half way. 

We left the Catamount hotel at 6:30 am. Alan agreed to gave us a ride back to the trail at this early hour when the first shuttle is normally at 8 am since he is an early riser like SOULFLOWER and I. Thank you, Alan. 

We had 3 big climbs today, finishing up with Glastenbury Mountain at 3748 feet. Our highest climb to date. We were in the Glastenbury Wilderness for most of the day and the bugs were horrible!😠 I wore my bug headnet for the first time today and it saved me. I was much more comfortable without bug buzzing my ears and dive bombing my eyes. There have been literally clouds of bugs! I have never seen anything like this. 

We planned to stay at the Kid Gore Shelter this evening, but the only tenting at the shelter was taken and the guide book said there was more taking 200 yards up the trail, but we couldn’t find it. So we walked until we found a stealth spot. Which turned out to be about a mile and a half up trail.

After we get our tents set up HOOTIE and DISCOUNT found us and joined us. I decided we needed a group name so HOOTIE came up with FLIPPING FOUR! We all started the trail as flip floppers on the same day. 

7 thoughts on “FLIPPING FOUR! 

  1. CONGRATULATIONS ON 603.4 + MILES!! You are one awesome, persistent, determined backpacker. My hat’s off to you.

    I love the name of your group of four. You have achieved so much, and I have no doubt in my mind that you’ll continue racking up the miles.

    And thanks again for continuing to post your updates. I really look forward to your reports and photos.

    You commented in a previous reply on my planned early start on the southern half (7/18/17), and that you might not be in Harpers Ferry again by then. I’m sure that you will soon catch up with me and blow right past, with the trail legs you’ve got now. Be sure to wave as you rocket past me. 🚀

    PS. I’ll bet you’re truly grateful for that bug net. That reminds me to finish making mine.

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  2. Here’s a quick question for you I’ve been wondering about: is there any gear you wish you had brought? I’m still pondering light camp shoes. And is there a piece of gear that you are so thankful to have?

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    1. I just had my husband send my arm warmers. I used these when I cycled. Now that the weather is warming up so quickly as the day progresses. I can just pull the arm warmers off with out having to take my pack off to remove a jacket. They also come in a lightweight sunblock material that you may like when heading south. They also help with the cobwebs first thing in the morning.
      I also just got rain mitts but I know you already have these. I will have my husband send camp shoes when I get to Maine to fordge the rivers in. There are times I wish I had them but I have managed without.
      I am thankful for all of my gear. Pretty much every thing I have I use. But I guess my favorite thing is my pabella (FUD). It is super quick and easy to use.
      Hope this helps. Let me know if I can help in any other way.


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