So I woke up around 6 AM and had been cold during the night. I was glad I had my emergency blanket
again so the I could reflect my heat back and warm up me legs. It was a beautiful full moon and was not
very dark outside. I left the site after sharing coffee with my site buddy at 9:00 AM. I arrived at the
Seth Warner Shelter at 2:00 PM. Hiking again was challenging. I was feeling very hot and only when I
felt a breeze did I feel like I could move forward. I was challenged by climbing a cliff in the first half hour
of my hike. It is good to challenge ourselves but wow I wondered if I had made the right choice to hike in
August. I saw some Cedar Waxwings, heard some thrush at night, and of course red eyed vireos.
It took me half an hour to set up my tent and longer to find a place to hang my food bag. The bear box
was locked due to inappropriate use and the trees had very few limbs. I finally found a young tree and
hung my bag a few feet off the ground. I had decided to hike a little further without my pack and I was going
to fill up with water in about a mile. I started hiking north and it was much easier walking but was still very humid.
After about half an hour of hiking I came across a couple and asked if there was water a short distance from where
I was and they said it was a ways behind them. I decided that it was foolish to continue hiking since I had no water
and was sweating as I walked. I tried to recognize the area I hiked so when I get back to hiking from the other direction
I would see what distance I had walked. There was an area that had many grey birches on the right side and down the hill
I also passed by a large grouping of ferns on the right as I was hiking back the southern direction. Anyhow if I get to the county road I know for sure that I have reached my destination. Just before the Seth Warner Shelter there is a path
of power lines. I think I had walked north only about 3/4 of a mile past the shelter. Below is the photo of my tent with the Seth Warner Shelter behind it.
When I reached the border of MA and VT I was pleased to have made the goal that I had set for the previous day. This is also the location where the Long Trail begins. I met a few people that were starting the Long Trail.
I felt better once my goal of reaching the border had been accomplished. Once I was back at the campground I
collected water in an area without much flow. I got ready to prepare a meal and went over to the logs near
the shelter. It was nice talking to the people about their hiking and goals set before them. I realized that I might
have misplaced my keys when I stashed them prior to my hike without my backpack. I looked for them and then
decided before I went to sleep I needed to take everything out of my pack to look for the keys. I finally found them
in the front pouches. There were a few owls, a thrush, and something like a skunk or porcupine that visited in the
evening. I am looking forward to the hike out to the car in the morning.