Day 103 – And Just Like That, The Rocks Are Gone
Done. Finito. Sayonara. Good Day Sir!
And a good day it was, again. I woke up on a couch at the Church of the Mountain Hostel around 7:00. Rabbit and I ate breakfast and left to start hiking a little before 9:00. We ran into Kodiak a block away bearing gifts of strawberries and blueberries.
Shortly after leaving Delaware Water Gap, we crossed the Delaware River. In true George Washington fashion, we took photos of the event (Hector got in on the action too). It’s always an epic moment when you cross into a new state. Seven states down, seven states to go.
New Jersey has welcomed us in with open arms. The rocks we’re basically non-existent. Ok that’s a lie, but they were more boulder-y and river rock-y than the jagged, pyramid shaped nightmares that “the state who will not be named” had to offer. We’re ready to fist pump and GTL our way all the way to New York (I’m leaning hard into these “Jersey Shore” references. Cabs are here! So get in).
It will be sad however to retire all the “rocks” songs Rabbit and I have been singing for the last week or so. Bangers like “Rocks on Rocks on Rocks” by YC ft Future. Or “Rock City” by Tyga. Or the classic “Rock around the Clock” by Bill Haley.
About five miles in we took a break at Sunfish Pond. It would have been an ideal place for a swim if there was a shoreline with good access for entry. Alas we enjoyed it from the shore and hiked on.
We stopped at the Mohican Outdoor Center for sodas and sandwiches. I took advantage of a couch indoors to take a nap while my phone charged. I met back up with Rabbit and Kodiak at Catfish fire tower. It’s the sixth fire tower so far, and the first since the Smokies. I asked Hector if we should climb it (he said “It is certain”). There are a few more we should hit by this weekend as well.
We got water at Rattlesnake Spring (no rattlesnakes were seen) when we saw clouds and thunder roll in. There were a few miles left before we reached our campsite for the evening. We put on our pack covers and thought we might escape dry because Rabbit put on his rain jacket. Generally, when he does that, it doesn’t rain. We got to Beaver Pond (no beavers were seen) when the rain started.
It dumped on us for the next hour or so. We arrived at our campsite wet, but the rain abated long enough for us to get tents/hammocks set up. I listened to the rest of “Golden Son” on audiobook and have the third book downloaded already. I’m fully sucked into this series.
In addition to our new state milestone, we also crossed the 1,300 mile mark today. We ended the day at 1,312 which puts us at 59.7% complete on the Appalachian Trail.
A nearby Scouts camp played taps over speakers at 10:30 p.m. that we could hear from our camp. After the speakers stopped all that filled the air was the buzz of mosquitoes. I put in ear plugs and retired for the evening shortly after.
Stow away in my pack for day 104 of the Appalachian Trail.
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