Escaping the Vortex

Day 119

We had a good night’s sleep in the warm bunk room at Woods Hole. We woke in the dark and walked out to the main house to sit on the porch and await the sunrise. Coffee with real cream was provided and we enjoyed the colors blossoming in the morning sky. Hayley made a friend (we swear the cat was happy even if the picture doesn’t look it). The other guests joined us on the porch and we waited for the firey ball rise above the mountains and in to view.

Shortly after the breakfast bell was rung. We circled up again and Neville led in introductions and what we are thankful for. We made our way to the kitchen where a breakfast was laid out: a vegetarian egg scramble, cheesy grits, homemade bread and cinnamon buns. We filled our plates and then went back for more. We chatted with Just Jeremy and Soups a bit more and then we all made our way back to the bunk house to drag ourselves back to the trail. We could feel the vortex grabbing hold of us in this idyllic homestead setting with it’s kind employees, adorable animals and amazing cooking. By 10:30 we were hiking back up the hill to the trail, Soups and Just Jeremy passed us within the first five miles. We waved to them and hope to see them again soon.

With full stomachs we made our way taking a couple short breaks to get off our feet. Luckily the trail was not too steep or rocky but the fallen leaves continued to cover the trail and trip us up. We stopped for a break at a pond and saw some horses and riders taking a break across the way.

We finished up the day on the early side and decided to have a fire at our campsite. We saw on FarOut that there was a small gas station about a half mile down the road so after we got our tent up, Hayley took off to get some cold beverages and sandwiches while Eric gathered firewood. At the gas station, one of the employees was wearing a Patriots jersey (TB12). When asked about it he said he wasn’t from New England he just loves all their teams. Another employee told her he just got back from visiting Boston and loved it. It’s always nice to hear good things about our home, and it was a surprise in this litte remote gas station.

Back at camp Eric had a nice fire going and with our drinks and snacks in hand, it was a good end to a really great day.

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