It is not exactly a party but I will be staying in Port Clinton for a couple of days. Five days ago I took a true face plant on the trail. On the way to get water at a cascading mountain stream, I tripped on a rock firmly cemented deep into the trail. I fell so fast that I hardly had time to put my hands out. I bent the frames on my glasses (fortunately they were repairable), cut my face a little (thankfully I do not hike with face), smashed my pride, and dirtied my sweaty shirt. All of that to the left side of my body. It was not until later in the day that I noticed my right shin hurting a bit. Over that last few days the shin has continued to hurt – red, hot, and swollen.
I took a side adventure to Urgent Care today (thanks to a Trail Angel named Fred). After some X-rays, the doctor declared me mentally incompetent but physically able to continue the hike. He gave me some antibiotics and prescribed two more days of rest (off my feet).
So Port Clinton, population 279, is home until I hike out on Tuesday morning. I plan to rest in my room (at the Port Clinton Hotel – see photo) as much as possible with my foot elevated. I will keep you posted on all the wild parties I attend!
Photo extra – I thought I would post a picture of the post office where I picked up my new backpack. The postal workers were so kind and helpful.