We don’t stop hiking because we grow old – we grow old because we stop hiking. –Finis Mitchell
Started out this morning at 5:30 AM. I’m back to walking in my old trail runners. The new hiking shoes I bought are just too small. After hiking over 30 miles in them I know they’re too small. They make my big toe literally go numb.
The one thing that I can tell you about today is the gnats drove me absolutely crazy. They would flip around my eyes and land in the corners until I reached up and killed them. Nothing like dragging dead bugs from your eyes. Even though it was very shady I finally put on my sunglasses to keep the gnats away from my eyes. Then they decided they liked my ears. Buzz buzz buzz.
I could not handle that either, so then I grabbed my buff, put it around my ears and went into a total Greta Garbo impersonation. This helped keep the bugs away from both my eyes and my ears, unfortunately it was very very hot.
I had one short meadow today that was actually nice to walk in after being so enclosed by the trail all day. And then I had my first log crossing of water. I love this kind of stuff. I nimbly crossed this log and jumped down at the end. This is the stuff I live for.