Friday, July 8, 2011

July 4

Another day of sleeping in!...I didn't get up until 8:30 again. The five of us spent most of the morning cleaning up the house and getting our bags packed up. Pappy and his wife came over mid-morning and we left at about 11 to head back to the trail. The Kittatinny visitors center where we left off was crowded with people for the holiday, and the trail near the parking lot was crowded as well. We planned for about 10 miles today to the Mohican Outdoor Center where thru-hikers can camp for free. The trail was every bit as rocky as Pennsylvania and the day was hot and muggy. We hiked passed Sunfish Pond and over rocky Kittatinny Mountain. There are several people camped here tonight, including thru-hikers Frodo and Hamburglar and a few section hikers. The center gave us free hamburgers, potato salad, and ice cream for dinner...great trail magic! One of the guys told us we could take a side trail up to the ridge to see fireworks tonight so Bear Bag, Fiber, Veto, Hamburglar, Frodo, and I did just that. Hiking without a pack was wonderful; we flew up the mountain! It took us about 20 minutes to reach the ridgeline and we could see fireworks all across the horizon. Very small, of course, but a neat setting to be sitting there watching them. We headed back at about 10 and again flew down the mountain without the weight of our packs. Today was a perfect day for coming out of 3 zeros...short and easy!
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