Location: Unknown Shelter North of Connecticut Mass Line
An unplanned zero. Today was the nastiest day I’ve seen on the trail in a long while. It rained constantly all day. The temperature was cold, probably in the 40’s. A fine mist lingered between the pines and convinced me to stay in my sleeping bag at first light. I woke up around 8:30am. The two brothers, Aaron and Moses, were excited to hit the trail despite the rain. Cold Feet, Bears, Hiker Bee, Julia, and I were not so eager. Bears and I first decided that we would only hike ten miles today so that we could wait until 1:00pm for the rain to stop. The rain never stopped and we decided that we would not hike today. We still plan to be in NY by September 1st. We spent the day sharing stories and exchanging facts. Julia, from Brooklyn, knows my old friend Thomas. She attended a rival school of Pomfret. For most of the day, the five of us were the only ones at the shelter.
Around 6:00pm, a group of freshman girls from Smith College arrived. They were soaking wet and looking miserable when they came in the rain. Seven girls and one male leader squeezed into the shelter. The shelter is an efficient design for housing so many people. There are four two-person bunks and a loft above the cooking area. Cold Feet and Bears are in the loft. Cold Feet doesn’t care for the group of college girls. They are loud and giggly. They play sing-song call and response games. I’ll admit that they are annoying. One girl is from Durham though. She went to Durham School of the Arts. She has lived in Durham all of her life. Is it weird that she hasn’t heard of Broughton High School? Anyway, it’s time for me to retire. Tomorrow I’ll hike 21.5 miles to Falls Village where I can camp behind a café in town. That way I can have a dinner and a breakfast in town without losing time on the trail. New York is only a few days away from here. I’m excited to start and complete a new state, Connecticut.