It is finally raining. Freezing rain forecasted for the northern counties and so I am off this morning in search of a gullywasher. If there is one piece of gear that I am still on the fence about it is The Packa. I love the concept but it's twice as heavy as say the OR Helium rain jacket. I will return in about 6 hours either loving it or hating it.
A few curious people have asked, “What's up with the Gumby thing?" Well, there is a story in that. When I was young, I had a Gumby companion and it went everywhere with me. I was on a camping trip with my Father and I made Gumby a raft and set him down in a fast-moving river. Some accounts were that it was a Class V and based on other events that I can remember more clearly from my childhood, I would say this is accurate. As Gumby was swept from my hands, my father took chase but couldn’t keep up with Gumby and his raft. He was gone. Lost forever. To help ease the pain, my family has gifted me many Gumby items over the years including ties, socks, key chains, snuff boxes, handkerchiefs, etc. So, I suppose the name is a fitting tribute to my brave Gumby friend.
This is the first entry in a new journal that I will use to document the places I'll visit, the people I meet and any thoughts or aspirations that I'd like to share as I trek northbound along the 2100 mile footpath known as the Appalachian Trail. I'll begin my hike on February 25 at Springer Mountain, GA. I'll travel to Atlanta and meet Donnie and his wife Mary (photo attached) at the North Springs MARTA station. Our first stop will be at Amicalola State Park to sign-in and pick up my Thru-Hiker Badge before heading up the fire road to the Springer Mtn parking lot. From there, I'll hike back to the plaque at the southern terminus , sign the registry, and depending on the time, stay at the Springer Mountain Shelter or push on to Stover Mountain about 3 miles to the north. I do remind myself that these are just plans. As the poet Robert Burns wrote, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" and so to hike to a rigid schedule would likely dilute the experience and allow all that is new and unknown to go unnoticed.
After an almost two week stint of no sliding on the snow (most of us were sick) and feeling cooped-up in the city, @reneetougas and I finally got out for a day of cross-country skiing. A nice 15km loop with some good downhill sections, and a fantastic amount of snow.
This winter in our area of Nova Scotia we've had very little snow, colder temps than normal, lots of icy cold wind. So thankful for the protection in the woods for us to still enjoy an outdoor hike. #indianpathcommon
After a wonderful hike-snowshoe around Warren Lake, NS, Canada @hammerhead vegging out, warming up in 'the Big Red Yurt' - a new accommodation experience (https://cabotshores.com/) which we both loved!
@hammerhead breaking our snowshoe trail on Warren Lake Trail, NS Canada.My idea of a perfect winter day in February :) PS Derryl's hands were on the chilly side with only fleece mitts as his outer wind-repellent shell mitts were tossed a while ago after getting too close to the fire!. A stop at Halifax MEC on the trip home...