After two days rest in Rutland, it was difficult getting back on the trail. We just missed the bus to the trailhead and had to wait an hour before the next one arrived. We started walking until late morning when the weather became overcast and cool (55° F). We’re jinxed!
With two days of sunshine (while we were in town), the path is drier and the leaves crunch beneath our feet. Though there are some muddy spots, we don’t have to avoid boot-sucking glop and ankle-deep puddles, making the walking almost relaxing.
After about a mile, we came to Willard Gap, where the LT and AT split. From now on, there will be fewer hikers. I look forward to reading the shelter registers and seeing what the LT hikers have to say.
When we arrived at Rolston Rest Shelter, we threw down our bedrolls and took a nap. Even though it was not very cold, I awoke shivering. Dennis held me until a warmed up, and then we lit a fire and I was able to help with the evening chores. It was wonderful to be able to participate and share the workload.
Since we were the only ones there, we set up the tent in the shelter. It’s about ten degrees warmer in the tent than outside of it.
After supper, we sat around the campfire. I read and Dennis got on the ham radio, making lots of contacts. After the sun went down, we could hear the fireworks from Rutland. It was the best camping experience in nineteen days.