Shelter From the Storm
Woke up this morning in my comfy bed in Kane around 8am. Got cleaned up and packed up, then checked out of the manor, Dave let me leave my pack in his office while I walked downtown to get breakfast. I ate a huge Belgian waffle covered in butter and maple syrup, with side of bacon and coffee. Had the same waitress as the other day. I refilled all my water at the manor, then started walking back to 321, where I would make my first attempt ever to hitch hike back to the trail head where I stopped the other day.
I started thumbing for rides once I got out of the city limits of Kane. It ended up taking about six miles and about six cars, before an elderly couple pulled over and gave me a lift for the remaining two. They both grew up in this area, and knew everything about the forest, the husband was missing part of his arm, I think he is a Korean War vet.
By the time I get on the trail, it’s already past noon. I can tell about three miles in that it’s going to rain. The trail itself, is mostly up and down hills the whole way, with a few flat spots. There is one section that goes through what looks like a spot where they had down some controlled burns. I decided I would try to hike most of this section, which is about seven miles total. A mile before the end of this section I came across a newly made shelter, which makes me holler with joy, because it was just starting to pour the rain.
I was able to sling one side of my hammock in the corner of the shelter, with the other side lashed to a tree. I am so happy I found this shelter, I was able to remain dry the rest of the evening.