Rocksylvania Is Done, and We’re Getting a Rest
Rocksylvania is no joke!
Chilli and I have made it through the rocks of Pennsylvania and are in Deleware Water Gap. We took a beating! I had horrible blisters and had to sit out a couple of days of hiking and Chilli had an ingrown toenail removed yesterday. As a result, we are not hiking today. I’m not unhappy about this, but we were three days ahead of schedule and I wanted to continue getting ahead. But it’s just a momentary setback. Some of the rock scrambles were really fun. Wolf Rocks was one of those places where the bouldering was super enjoyable. I also enjoyed the climb down to the gap—it reminded me a lot of the rhododendron tunnels and rocks of Virginia. The rocks that are a pain are the ones that are fist-sized, move, roll, and are spaced out so it’s impossible to walk on top of them and impossible to step in between.
About 15 hikers headed to Deer Head Inn, here in DWG, for good times and good jazz last evening. It was my wedding anniversary and it was a great time for me. I missed my husband desperately, but the good jazz and drinks helped me still celebrate by having a good time. The music was excellent and the musicians were very talented. The local band played for about an hour, then they had others join them for another hour or so. If you’re ever in the area, you should check the place out. From what I’ve been told it is the longest, continuous running jazz club in Pennsylvania. I cannot be sure of that, but that’s what I heard.
Flash and Sweet Pea are off with family for a few days and we miss them already. We had a wonderful last night together at the shelter with a great fire, s’mores, and Tunes singing to us. Twigs may continue with us for a while longer and I’m sure Flash and Sweet Pea will catch up again as well. It just depends on what kind of mileage everyone is doing as to whether we form our little family again. Chilli and I want to summit Katahdin by the second or third week of August, which means we only need to average 12 to 15 miles per day and the others want to be there a week before that, meaning 18-plus miles per day. I just don’t think I can handle that kind of miles.
Chilli and I have looked to see what we have coming ahead and are very excited to get into New Jersey and then New York. The rocks will continue or there will be other challenges, we know that, but tomorrow we can check Pennsylvania off the list.
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