I am camped at Brassie Brook Shelter – mile 1500,3. That means I have less than 700 miles to go (real close to 685)!! I am really excited about this milestone. There was nothing on the trail to commemorate the accomplishment but my spirit is really pumped -1500 miles!!
It was a sunny morning and the highlight of the trail was a great waterfall over the Housatonic River (see photos). I stopped in Salisbury for lunch and got caught in the rain about 4:00.
Lessons learned today
Lesson 603 – (I made up this number to sound official) – Distant thunder does not mean the rain will pass by or will result only in a sprinkle (hard rain lasted about an hour).
Lesson 604 – Mosquitos do not like the rain and tend to disappear during the precipitation. Once the storm is silent the bugs return for the hunt.
Lesson 605 – My shirt gets soaked with perspiration just as bad as with the rain – the rain, however, gives the garment a nice rinse (both make the shirt quite damp in the morning)
Lesson 606 – rain makes the rocks between 3 and 7.5 times more slippery (this is not based on empirical evidence but on anecdotal notation from a thru-hiker – me).
Enough lessons for today.