It was a little chilly this morning leaving Shepherdstown. The snow that had melted yesterday turned to ice, making walking a little difficult. As the day went on I trekked through ice, snow, slush, mud, and dry gravel. This trail is playing games with me.
Midday the sun cleared out the clouds and was shining bright. I removed two layers to avoid sweating. It was exciting when the monotonous tree lined trail opened up and became Potomac River on one side and cliffs on the other side. This is a three mile section where boats would exit the canal and ride down the Potomac before reentering the canal for the tow to Georgetown, DC.
There are signs in this section warning of falling rock. Literally two steps behind me a rock fell roughly the size of a guinea pig.
I saw three people all day today. An old man on a walk, a jogger and a speed walker. The old man reminded me of my grandfather, he used to walk through the forest looking for edible wild mushrooms.
When I got to the campsite, I went on an epic quest for firewood. I pulled in a big haul. I'm not the best at getting a fire started but once I got it going, it was glorious. Warm.
I ate an entire box of couscous and drank two hot cocoas. I warmed stones from the river on the hot coals of the fire, pulling them out and resting my cold damp feet on them. I now have those stones stuffed in socks at the bottom of my sleeping bag.
I probably smell like a campfire. However, it's better than smelling like b/o. Side note, in order to cut down on the weight I did not pack deodorant. Sorry not sorry.
Brown and I are cuddled up listening to the sounds of the forest. Overall great day. Tomorrow I'll head into town to pick up my first resupply package.
Also while in town tomorrow, I'll upload pictures from today. There's not enough reception where I am tonight; I have one sometimes two bars of service.
Thanks and good night.
" Have you ever seen the far side
Of a mountain swallow the sky,
As you travel through the valley
As you're speeding still far behind"