When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart. – Dan May
Miles hike today 15.
And then things just got better! I met Dot, Sheriff and Scout. They were headed South and as they came toward me, they separated two on one side of the trail and one on the other. Then they raised their poles like swords and I walked underneath them. They called it the Southbound Salute.
As I was headed up toward Mount Greylock the woods started being peppered with balsam fir trees. Incredibly soft and oh so pretty.
I came upon a pond where the frogs were serenading each other. I thought it was so incredibly cool that I called Hugh on the phone to see if he could hear them. He only heard one. It was an interesting 10 minutes where I sat by the pond and listened to the frogs talk to each other.
I finally reach the summit of Mount Greylock. I think it must have been the cooler weather, but it was not a hard climb. I think the heat more than the climb has been kicking my behind lately. Today was easy.
Today was a really good day. I ran into three more hikers on the trail. Sparks and Trek we’re both through hikers. But Yoda was one of my favorites. He was a section hiker. He started out as a thru hiker in 2015 but hurt his leg around Harpers Ferry. In 2016 he got through New York. This year he’ll go to New Hampshire and finish it off next year. Good for him.
I’m ready for tomorrow!