STICKMANS' JOURNAL...6/2/07...Overcast and 50 degrees at 5:45 AM. Repack my gear, and on trail at 6:45, with rain lightly falling. Have taken batteries out of the radio and put them in camera. Camera problem solved.
This ended up being a grueling day. The sun came out for a bit, which helped, but the climbs and descents were killers. We thought that we were making good time, though, come to find out, we averaged 1/2 mile per hour...YIKES! We managed to call home from what we thought was Bemis Mtn.. Later, we hit the summit of Old Blue Mtn., at 3600 ft., which is BEFORE Bemis Mtn...oops...It was an interesting day, going under and over endless blowdowns, navigating numerous stairways, up and down, and climbing several iron ladders, that are imbedded into the faces of the steep rock. We never made it to Bemis Mtn. Lean-to, todays destination. We had to camp just off the trail. It had rained very hard, and we still had six more miles to Bemis, but had run out of time. There was no room for a tent or a hammock, so we slept on a very small piece of real estate that was just large enough to allow us to lay our mats out, and a place to put the stove. We were pleased to get a hot meal into us, which we surely needed! We were bedded down at 9:00PM.
It was still a wonderful day. We saw more wildlife, and got a couple of good pictures...but mostly we looked down all day, look, step, look, step. Food for the day consisted of two energy bars that Cari had made, a packet of vegetables mixed in with some Ramen noodles...Yum, Yum!...Also had a 1/2 bag of trail mix, handful of dried bananas and strawberries, and some pistachio nuts...
So, that's that!...Love you all!
Oh, one more thing! When we hit South Arm Rd., in Andover, there was "Trail Mail" tacked to the sign, in a plastic bag. It was for Stickman and Faithful, and had a nice caricature of us on the cover sheet. Inside were letters from Dan and Lillian, Jonathan and Misty, and Pastor Al and Margaret! SO NICE! Words of encouragement and prayer...Thanks to all!
Good night, john-boy...(temps in low 50's tonight)