LT Day 7 (10.4 miles)
I locked myself out of the hotel I spent the night in. I was in the tshirt and shorts I slept in, 40° outside, my coffee and jacket on the other side of the door. Dobby and I hung out by the dryer vent until the front office opened.
I met Jon @jon.mc.donald
at the top of Whiteface Mountian and we hiked together the test of the day.
We made amazing time. The day and the miles flew by. I hiked faster than usual, not wanting to be the slow one. I was still the slow one, but he was the one who kept falling, so our paces evened out.
I met his friend Sarah and other strangers (Steve, Rowan, Michael the GMC caretaker) who quickly became friends at the Sterling Pond Shelter.
The trail does that. It brings people together. No matter your background or beliefs, you all have this one thing in common; the one decision (or many) that brought you to this trail, this shelter, this moment, to be shared with those around you.
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Murphy was not happy about sitting next to a waterfall. He is pretty afraid of water in general- I attribute it to an accidental river crossing we attempted when he was a puppy. How is a river crossing accidental? Our map instructed us to cross a stream. We read the map wrong and were confused why the stream seemed so big and deep, but others had said it was pretty easy to cross.
Turns out we were trying to cross the Red River in Kentucky. I got up to my upper thighs and turned around because the current was almost knocking me over. Murph was leashed and I was hanging on to him. His head was above water but the current was pulling him away from me and the collar was choking him. It was freezing cold.
I felt so guilty about it afterwards- we read the stupid map wrong and traumatized Murphy! We should never have attempted to cross the water- I didnt know how deceptive river currents and depths could be. Which makes me feel even stupider because I grew up on the coast swimming in the Gulf of Mexico every day. I knew all about rip currents but never even thought about streams or rivers being the same. And because I made some stupid decisions, Murphy won't even walk through puddles. Be conscientious of the events you put your dogs through, and if something seems off, stop and reassess the situation.
I'm struggling with my decision on what state to take my bar exam in. I'm currently going to law school in Virginia and I love the Blue Ridge mountains with the bursting green summers, dynamic falls, and easy winters. I spent my summer in the PNW where I've never felt more alive- however I'm unsure about whether I could handle nine months of grey skies. Ive never been to Colorado, but my boyfriend is from the area and could easily transfer to a new job there. It seems like we can have full active schedules year riund from hiking to mountain biking to snowboarding. Have you lived in one or more of these places? Pros/cons?
It took us nearly an hour to find this trailhead since there was no sign or any parking. My friend and I ended up walking up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway looking for it! I was trying to find a seldom-visited trail because there are so many amazing trails that for some reason never get foot traffic. This particular trail had a trail following a stream and passing a plethora of waterfalls and also boasted an expansive bird's eye view of portions of Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains. Which do you enjoy more: finding little known trails and exploring it for the first time, not knowing what you will find? Or hiking the "must hike" trails which have attained fame and popularity?
"My little dog- a heartbeat at my feet" -EW
When I was looking to get a dog, I desperately wanted a German Shepherd. I had grown up with one and he was the best dog- he killed raccoons and rattlesnakes that would attack our cats, yet he loved playing with others dogs and to lay quietly next to newborn babies. He was the ultimate protector. I wanted a dog who could do that for me- make me feel safe alone on the trail and walking him in the dark. Instead, fate brought me Murphy. Murphy is a border collie corgi mix and the exact opposite of what I wanted in a dog. When I walk him in the dark, I have to keep him close and keep a light on him (he has been actively hunted by coyotes on the trail before). While he is hardly a protector, he amazes me every day with his intelligence, agility, and bottomless energy. He easily jumps onto my kitchen counters which, while annoying, is still pretty amazing to me. If I take him to an area where a leash is not required, I can put him in heel and be confident that he will stay there until I release him from heel. He sits quietly in my lap, a little living space heater while I study. Most importantly, he sets the pace when we go out to the trails and keeps me moving. He wasn't the dog I wanted, but he was the dog I needed, and I've loved him so much from day one 🐾
Shot some moody waterfalls on the trail today then refueled with some craft brews and cheese fries at @sevenarrowsbrew.
Life is better in Virginia 🍃🍂🍁💕
Wondering where the hell fall is and why I'm wearing so much purple 🍃🍂🍁
October 20-30 will bring the peak fall colours to the Blue Ridge! I'm already obessesing over which trails I want to hike during that time, during what time of day, and how many I will realistically be able to hike. Who can relate 😅
Play on #GandhiJayanthi
on the main market street in #Yuksom
by school children. A bespectacled boy with a loin cloth and hair painted white stood still to depict a statue of Gandhi whilst people went about their everyday lives. The narrator explained what was going on and everyone including random tourists, locals, cafe owners, the constable and the town drunk stopped to watch the performance. #streetplay #Gandhi #Sikkim #IncredibleIndia #travel #traildiaries #iphone