The day dawned cool, clear and windy. Perfect for drying out the soggy clothes and tent from the night before. The streams were swollen to quadruple the size of the previous day, each mountain watershed acting as a funnel for its respective outflow. The kids thoroughly enjoyed their unsupervised stay in the shelter (and the parents enjoyed their snuggle time in the tent). Thankfully our friend Tigger was able to keep some order and get the kids to bed on time (and override our friend Seabiscuit’s call to pump them full of Oreos at hiker midnight (sundown)).
Although even Tigger couldn’t control the morning emancipation of the bouncy ball, much to the mixed amusement and consternation of those sharing the interior of the wooden box as a sleeping space. Whoever left that toy for the kids to discover must have been having a distant chuckle.
The kids took off early following Tigger while the parents scrambled to break camp and catch up. Each swollen stream crossing increased our wonderment at the kids’ ability to keep up with other hikers. We eventually caught Tigger and the kids (rendering unnecessary any downstream rescue search for Cartwheel or RobinHood).
Cartwheel peed into the Atlantic Ocean while RobinHood relieved himself into the Mississippi. We saw more lizards and snakes (one of which the kids declared with certainty was a copperhead, and could have been a juvenile–we’ll have to wait for our resident herpetologist to weigh in with an identification). Mama Bear showed off her new long sleeve which we picked up with our resupply, and the kids inspected the monument Audie Murphy.
This blog brings an inexplicable amount of joy into my day. I LOVE following your journey. Thank you for the generosity of spirit it takes to share such a personal adventure with the world. It’s a gift.
Hard to tell for sure but looks more like a garter snake than a copperhead to me. The dorsal and lateral stripes are usually more typical with garters than copperheads, which usually look more like a milk snake.
Juvenile copperheads tend to have yellow tails (missing from the picture).
I notice you are picking up “followers” at the rate of roughly one for every seven miles you hike. At this rate, you will be over 300 by the time you finish. 🙂
Echoing what Jenny said, reading your updates is one of my favorite parts of the day! You guys are awesome!
Also, check it out! I’m guessing there’s not another roving band of “All In, Mama Bear, Cartwheel and Robinhood” out there somewhere: http://www.appalachiantrials.com/psychology-trail-name/
must be fun l.o.l
Ditto what Jenny said and wholeheartedly (and I’m finally able to comment, somehow the page blocked some of my previous efforts).