I am stealth camping tonight. That happens fairly frequently when daytime temperatures are in the 90’s therefore you try to get in as much milage as possible in the cool of the morning and late afternoon/evening. I hike as close to dark as practical while keeping safety in mind of trail terrain. Stealth camping is just finding a flat enough spot to pitch your tent along the trail, not at a shelter or designated campsite. Sometimes you just got to do what works!
In over 1,500 miles this is a FIRST!!! And what a welcome site it was!!! You take the lid off the top of the cooler and what is inside besides water? BLOCKS OF ICE!!!!!! COOL!!!! Literally! I then got my food bag out, retrieved a packet of intant peach tea and WALA, PEACH ICE TEA RIGHT ON THE TRAIL!!!! And while I was enjoying my ice tea Dottie drives up to check on the water supply. Dottie is the “Trail Angel” who provides the water!!! In 90+ degree heat, DOTTIE, YOU ARE MY HERO!!!
Met these two ladies along the trail and as I normally do I struck up a conversation. Come to find out that they have been to Honduras on a mission trip with their church, Saint Andrews in Rhode Island. Ater five years they just completed building a church in the village of Yuscaran in Honduras. Meet Laurie & Elaine!
I just ran into these three wonderful ladies out on the trail this morning. Kelly & Brenna are Ridge Runners for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Shirley is a friend out day hiking with them. Ridge Runners are wonderful people who help protect the natural resources along the trail by reporting problem bears or other wildlife, downed trees and other issues along the trail. THANK YOU LADIES!!!