July 3, 2017
Total Miles: 1410
Headed out around 11. Later per usual. We all slept in and slowly moved around.
But I felt better. It was exactly what I needed. It was like a big relaxing sigh. I was ready to get back to the trail.
We decided we were going to try and hitch back.
We had a fellow hiker stop with space for 3 so planner and I decided to let the 3 boys go since it is easier for us women to get a hitch.
About a couple minutes later a car comes circling around and a couple pulls over and tells us they will take us where we need.
The couple however were from Russia, they had been living here for a while but still held heavy accents.
It was so neat to chat with them for the ride.
They commented how in their country they pick up people all the time off the roads and help take people to where they want to go but when they tried to hitch in America it was impossible.
So they knew our struggle and instantly wanted to help out.
Extremely kind folk.
I spent the day hiking alot with powerade and Colby Jack.
Its strange being in the woods all the time. Our senses are heightened and when we walk by day hikers they have such a strong clean smell. We can literally smell their laundry detergent when we pass.
Today I had my first huge fall.
Like foot becoming stuck in a tree root /I am flying kind of fall.
I went forward and threw my trekking poles in the air. It was a show. Thankfully I still had a little arm muscle Left and could hold myself up instead of face planting with a heavy pack.
Of course I thought it was hilarious. Powerade was behind me so I was happy I could enjoy my laughter with someone. However I really wished he got it on film.
Later in the evening we had come to a lake.
It said no swimming or camping was permitted but as soon as we arrived people were swimming and tenting.
We swam a short distance to the other side and some large rocks and a fellow said the walk challenge is to swim to the middle island.
Colby Jack looked at powerade and I and said should we?
Yup. I replied. I was in.
So Colby and I made the swim to the island.
We swam back and found planner had made it too.
Powerade had chatted with a man while we were swimming and before he left let him grab some beers from the back of his car. So Colby and him grabbed one for all of us.
Cheers!!! What A solid day.
It was quite hilarious. The walls tilt and the further you walk the more you and your pack seem not to fit.
We made it to camp site pretty late, close to nine. But it is always worth it to take time for a good swim.
Sun was out and shining this morning and the weather felt lovely.
We planned to only do a 17 mile day so we knew we had plenty of time.
Quickly we ran across blueberries galore!!
“oo! This one, and this one, and oh yes! This one too”
Planner pointed it out but it took me a second for my eyes to really see it.
Holy good gravy.
It completely took my breath away.
It looked so huge even far away on a mountains. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Then I started thinking how I will be there in just a few days. I think my mind is going to explode.
Alex, Planner, Powerade, Colby Jack and I all met back up at Bear mountain monument. It was loaded with visitors.
We arrived at bear mountain recreation area and it felt like I was in another world.
It doesn’t make sense.
The trail took us through a small zoo.
I usually love them. But seeing the animals in the wild and then seeing them locked up made me unfortunately sad.
All the wild life I have seen… That’s where they are happy… That’s where they need to be.
From there we crossed a huge bridge that went over the Hudson.
About five miles later we went right next to a deli and I ordered the Hiker delight sandwich.
A Man came up to us and asked if we were thru hiking.
We sure are.
“That’s awesome! I am planning/wanting to hike next year!”
He then proceeded to ask us questions about the trail and listen with excitement to our answers.
The passion pouring from him as he was hearing people talk about his dream. You could see the joy in his eyes.
I was smiling ear to ear…
That was me. I asked those same questions. I had those dreamy eyes.
And now… I am on the other side. I am answering him.
I have been living my dream for the past three months….
This is just too cool.
We ended our night at Graymoor spiritual life center.
They had an old baseball field that we could tent on and a shower! It was freezing but I at least could put a limb in one at time.