Last weekend I took my mom and three good friends on a section hike if the AT in southern Massachusetts. We had, or saw evidence of, almost every type of weather available. We had rain, snow, sleet, hail and sun. On the trail we saw evidence of microbursts and a tornado that went through ten years ago. It was amazing to see.
The purple people eater and purple palace has their inaugural run in the ruins of a Shaker barn. Here are a few pictures. Hope you enjoy.
A farm near the trail head.
The shaker campsite. The wall in the back is part of the old barn. We actually camped out in the foundation.
My new set up.
Jackson tent. He stayed there until midnight when he got too cold, or lonely.
My moms new WBBB
My friend Shelly slept in my HH exped.
We met a dad and two boys in HH too!
Then we met a thru hiker finishing the AT from NY where he left off ten years ago. He was in an ENO. My biggest surprise was that I had made the assumption that everyone with hammocks was on hammock forums. But when I started talking gear it was obvious that they weren't. They didn't know what Dutch gear was!!
My other two friends were in tents. I did my best to convert them.
For dinner we had steak, baked potatoes, salad and sour dough bread. Yummy!
The next day we were off the the South Wilcox shelter. Only 6 miles away, but since we were a bunch of giggly girls who like to take pictures it took us all day! We saw porcupine sign everywhere in the first mile.
We stop for lunch in a blizzard! And met another hiker headed for Maine.