Report by: Tom Graves
Another stellar day today, but it didn't necessarily start out that way. After posting last night's entry, a check of the weather forecast showed rain all last night, all day today, all of tonight, and then Monday too - save it could change to snow on Monday. In my mind that meant calling time out, getting a hotel room and dipping our toes in the hot tub until things cleared. Fortunately saner heads prevailed.
Dale said this morning that instead of the planned 12 miles today, we'd do 20 instead. What? Then he continued by saying the extra leg was through the notorious Bog section, where it's easy to get lost - in which case we may have to sleep in our canoes for it's too marshy to pitch a tent.
So we packed up this morning, in the rain, and covered a quick 10 miles by noon, in heavier rain. But then the sun came out and it was a picture perfect afternoon of about 60 degrees with puffy clouds. But the real treat was when we reached our destination for the day around 4:30. We were back in civilization, but with no good camping spots. Then we saw a beautiful one across the river - a low hill covered in soft green grass and dotted with trees, but it was posted NO TRESPASSING. Dale, however, was unfazed (sound familiar?). He went over, approached the owner and received permission to camp amongst some outer buildings, with access to a cabin that has electricity (ie: we can charge our electronics and dry our gear).
Right now I'm tapping out this update, at a kitchen table, listening to the buzz of the floor fan and the rain falling outside. We're sleeping in our tents and there's no running water or bathroom, but we couldn't be more pleased with the arrangement. It's a treat. Thank you Vance and Susie!
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.